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Towaoc, Colorado
The Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Office Complex in Towaoc.
The Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Office Complex in Towaoc.
Location of the Towaoc CDP in Montezuma County, Colorado.Colorado
Location of the Towaoc CDP in Montezuma County, Colorado.Colorado
Towaoc, Colorado is located in the United States
Towaoc, Colorado
Towaoc, Colorado
Location in the United States
Towaoc, Colorado is located in Colorado
Towaoc, Colorado
Towaoc, Colorado
Location in Colorado
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County Montezuma County
Government
 • Type unincorporated town
Area
 • Total 3.585 sq mi (9.284 km2)
 • Land 3.585 sq mi (9.284 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.000 km2)
Elevation
6,007 ft (1,831 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,120
 • Density 312.5/sq mi (120.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP Code
81334
Area code(s) 970
GNIS feature Towaoc CDP

Towaoc is an unincorporated town, a post office, a census-designated place (CDP), and the capital of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe located on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation in Montezuma County, Colorado, United States. The Towaoc post office has the ZIP Code 81334 (post office boxes). At the United States Census 2020, the population of the Towaoc CDP was 1,120.

Geography

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).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2), all land.

Old Towaoc, located at the base of Ute Mountain, is approximately 2 miles (3 km) west of US Highways 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 small 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, Hotel & Resort, with a travel center (convenience store, food service, and fuel sales), campground, and the offices and shops for the Weeminuche Construction Authority (the Tribal construction company) and other facilities.

Demographics

The United States Census Bureau initially defined the Towaoc CDP for the 1990 United States Census.

Towaoc CDP, Colorado
Year Pop. ±%
1990 700 —    
2000 1,097 +56.7%
2010 1,087 −0.9%
2020 1,120 +3.0%
Source: United States Census Bureau
Languages (2000) Percent
Spoke English at home 47.18%
Spoke Colorado River Numic at home 45.99%
Spoke Navajo at home 5.31%
Spoke Spanish at home 1.08%
Spoke Cheyenne at home 0.43%
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