As one of Colorado’s two Native American casinos, the Sky Ute Casino Resort in Ignacio is the areas number one casino seven years running. It is a hub of entertainment amidst the rugged Four Corners region and provides 600 slot machines, eight table games, and a 200-seat bingo hall for all your gambling needs. They also have a large hotel with amenities inclusive of a spa, mini-golf, pool, fitness center, and four onsite restaurants. The Sky Use Casino has also launched its own mobile sportsbook and will be bringing sports betting services to its retail property shortly.
- Address: 14324 Highway 172 North, Ignacio, CO 81137
- Opening Times: 24 hours, seven days per week
- Hotel: Yes
- Loyalty Program: The Players’ Club loyalty program
- Gaming: 600 slot machines, eight table games, four poker tables, and a 200-seat bingo hall
- Restaurants and Bars: Seven Rivers Steaks Seafood Spirits, Willow’s Café Bistro, Rolling Thunder Grill, & Shining Mountain.
Slots and Video Machines
The Sky Ute Casino is home to 600 of all your favorite slot machines known to give the highest payouts in the Four Corners! They work with some of the top game manufactures such as IGT, Aristocrat, and Ainsworth to bring you the newest slots including:
- Hexbreaker 3
- Super Lit Vegas
- Lucky Buddha
- Fortune Coin
- Great Guardians
They provide a range of denominations from penny slots up to $25 dollar paylines for high rollers. The casino also offers free drinks around the clock for all guests. You can find a map of their slot games floor here.
Alongside their impressive slot selection, the Sky Ute Casino hosts eight live-action table games inclusive of Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and 3-Card Poker. These are not available 24 hours but at the following times:
- Blackjack: Daily from 10am – 2am
- Craps: Thursday to Monday from 4pm – 12am
- Roulette: Daily 10am – 2am
- 3-Card Poker: Daily 10am – 2am
If you want to try your hand at a game of poker, the Sky Ute Casino has a four-table poker room where it runs regular Texas Hold’Em and Omaha tournaments:
|Monday||7pm||No-Limit $15 Re-buys||$2,000||$20 + $10||$10||$3,000|
|Thursday||7pm||No-Limit No Blinds||$6,000||$50 + $5||$10||$2,000|
|Friday||7pm||No-Limit Bounty||$7,000||$75 + $10||$10||$3,000|
|Saturday||1pm||No-Limit||$10,000||$100 + $20||$10||$3,000|
|Sunday||2pm||Omaha No-Limit 1 Re-entry||$6,000||$50 + £5||$10||$2,000|
Inside the Sky Ute Casino, you will also find a 200-seat bingo hall. They run Bingo nights several days of the week:
- Sunday: Doors open at 11am for a 12.15pm start
- Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday: Doors open at 4.30pm for a 5.45pm start
- Monday, Tuesday, & Saturday: No bingo
Unlike other forms of gambling in the casino, the minimum age for a game of bingo is 18 years old. They run regular special bingo events too to spice up the classic game such as:
- Lucky 13 Bingo: When the bingo day falls on the 13th, any player who calls BINGO on B-13 wins an additional $130, and the rest of their table receives $13 extra each.
- 7/11 Bingo: When the bingo day falls on the 7th or 11th, any players who call BINGO on B-7 or B-11 roll a pair of dice. Roll a 7 and you win $77, roll an 11 and win $111! A double gives you another chance and any other number gives you a $10 bingo voucher.
- Popcorn Party: Each bingo player receives a free bag of popcorn.
- Lucky Number Bingo: Players choose a lucky number from 1-75 and if BINGO is called on your number you win $25.
Casino Loyalty Program
The Players’ Club is the rewards loyalty program in place at the Sky Ute Casino. Signing up to become a member is free and you will receive exclusive offers, benefits, and promotions. Points are earnt as you play in the casino which can be exchanged for freebies, casino free play, and cash prizes! The rewards program has five tiers:
- Brown: 0 – 600 points
- Golden: 600 – 24,000 points
- Grizzly: 24,000 – 63,000 points
- Silver VIP: 63,000 – 500,000 points
- Platinum VIP: 500,000+ points
The more you play in the casino, the higher the level you are in and the more exclusive offers become available. For more information take a look at their Players’ Club brochure. Points can be earned playing slots, Bingo, or Blackjack.
As of 1st May 2020, sports gambling is live in Colorado. Whereas casinos in Colorado are required to receive master licensing before rolling out sportsbook services, Native American casinos bypass this through sovereignty. The Sky Ute Casino expressed an interest in launching an onsite sportsbook earlier this year and will be opening live sports betting soon. However, sports betting is mobile-only for the time being.
The casino has launched its own online sportsbook called Sky Ute SportsBook. This is a mobile app that can be download from the App Store for iPhone devices, whereas Android users can download directly from the Sky Ute website. Many sporting events have been postponed or canceled, and so markets are limited at the moment. However, when events are up and running again, the Sky Ute Casino is planning on covering a range of popular sports. The casino’s sportsbook is through a partnership with USBookmaking who is a Vegas-based company that runs sportsbooks for several tribal casinos across the US.
There is a 140-room hotel attached to the Sky Ute Casino Resort, with luxury rooms and several suites. All accommodation comes with a flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, coffee maker, microwave, and refrigerator. Several room options are available:
- Two Queen Room: Sleeps up to 5
- King Room: Sleeps up to 3
- Suite: Sleeps up to 5, one king bed and one sofa bed
In addition to the general amenities, the eight suites have a spacious living area being over double the size of regular rooms and come with an additional TV, his & hers sinks, and a separate bath and shower. Each suite is designed around a Southern Ute Tribal Member surrounding rich cultural history and are appropriately culturally-themed.
There is also an RV park onsite with 24 spaces inclusive of water, sewer, and electricity hook-ups. These spaces are only open seasonally from April until mid-November.
All guests, both staying in the hotel and on the RV site, have access to all of the hotel amenities which includes the following:
- Bowling & Arcade: 24-lane bowling alley and videogame arcade open seven days per week.
- Pool & Fitness Suite: Pool complete with a lazy river open from 8am – midnight every day and a 24-hour fitness center.
- Mini Golf: 18-hole mini-golf course open from 11am – 8pm daily for an additional cost. Children under 4 play free.
- Playground: Outdoor play area for children.
- Salon & Spa: Offers a range of massages and hairstyling, colors, updos, and waxing open from 10am daily.
Dining and Bars
There are four onsite dining options at the Sky Use Casio Resort:
- Seven Rivers Steaks Seafood Spirits: Authentic steakhouse serving unique steak and seafood combinations using prime cuts of meat and offering a selection of premium wines, cocktails, and spirits. Take a look at their menu and your mouth will start watering!
- Willow’s Café Bistro: Serving both a breakfast and a lunch & dinner menu, Willow’s Café Bistro is your go-to for all-day breakfasts, sandwiches, salads, and soups. They also run a weekend breakfast buffet for $10.99 from 8am – 11am.
- Rolling Thunder Grill: Close to the games floor and has a range of casual American eats on their menu such as pizza, burgers, and ribs. All Players’ Club members can also get a steak & shrimp for $6.99 on Friday if they earn 10 players points!
- Shining Mountain: The perfect spot for a grab-and-go bite, Shining Mountain is right next to the casino and serves up pizza, nachos, and burgers.
There are also several bars at the casino, and all players are entitled to free refreshments. Additionally, there is an impressive entertainment schedule with live music and performers playing Saturdays at the Seven Rivers Steaks Seafood Spirits restaurant.
All forms of online casino gambling for real money are illegal in Colorado. Therefore, the Sky Ute Casino Resort does not offer the option to play internet slots, table games, or poker for real cash.
On the other hand, the passing of Proposition DD last November means online sports gambling is now legal. The Sky Ute Casino launched its own mobile sportsbook app on 2nd June 2020 called Sky Ute SportsBook so you can gamble on the go from anywhere in the Centennial State. You can download the app to your device from the App Store or Google Play and place wagers on all your favorite teams. Unfortunately, sports coverage is somewhat limited now as many events have been canceled, but the app is ready for when sporting events are back up and running.