Towaoc, Colorado

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Towaoc is a census-designated place (CDP) on the Ute Mountain Reservation in Montezuma County, Colorado, United States. The population was 1,097 at the 2000 census.[3] The Towaoc Post Office has the ZIP Code 81334.[2]

Towaoc is the capital of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, replacing a tribal headquarters and BIA sub-agency at Aztec Springs. It is located southwest of Sleeping Ute Mountain, a sacred mountain of the Ute people, northeast of Four Corners Monument.



Towaoc is located at 37°12′20″N 108°43′37″W / 37.20556°N 108.72694°W / 37.20556; -108.72694 (37.205424, -108.727082)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.0 km²), all of it land.

Old Towaoc, located at the base of Ute Mountain, is approximately two miles west of US Highway 491-160, and includes various tribal and BIA governmental buildings and housing areas, including the tribal offices of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. In recent years, a large complex has been developed directly on US Highway 491-160 at the junction of the road into the original town. This includes the Ute Mountain Casino, with a hotel, travel center (convenience store, food service, and fuel sales), and campground, the offices and shops for the Weeminuche Construction Authority (the Tribal construction company) and other facilities.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,097 people, 329 households, and 266 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 317.4 people per square mile (122.4/km²). There were 366 housing units at an average density of 105.9/sq mi (40.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 2.83% White, 0.09% African American, 94.44% Native American, 0.46% from other races, and 2.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.46% of the population.

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