Ute Mountain Pottery formed in 1971, and was owned by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. Mesa Verde Pottery was formed a short time later in 1979, owned Scott & Jay Tipton. Mesa Verde Pottery was originally located in Cortez, CO and UMU Pottery is located on the reservation in Towaoc, CO. In November 2014, the Ute Tribe purchased Ute Mountain Indian Trading and the company was formed in March 2015. We held the Grand Opening of Ute Mountain Indian Trading Company on May 2nd, 2015. We are proud to be the Tribe’s first business located off reservation.
We are proud of our Native American heritage and get fulfillment knowing our business supports the tribe and they support us. Working together, we continue to offer local residents and tourists alike beautiful, hand-made, original works of art, both items to wear and for their home. Our store is especially beautiful at Christmas time, with several trees and strings of lights adorning the store front. We continue to abide by the traditions we’ve always had and continually grow as a business from year to year.