The center is located on a slope above McPhee Reservoir, which is formed by the Dolores River. Currently, the lake is quite low due to low rainfall and snowfall amounts during the past year. However, the natural beauty of the lake is quite obvious.
As you approach the center, you pass the first pueblo, the Dominguez Pueblo, a four-room structure that was built about AD 1123. This pueblo would probably have supported a family of 4 to 8 people, and other pueblos were located nearby, forming a small, loosely organized village.
|Dominguez Pueblo. A small kiva was located in front, but was backfilled to preserve it.|
|Typical of displays found in the center. This shows how natives would grind corn.|
|Paved interpretive trail with sign providing information about plants.|
|Ute Mountain information|
|Sleeping Ute Mountain. Can you see the sleeping Indian as shown in the interpretive sign above?|
|This photo more clearly shows the kiva in the center of the pueblo|
|McPhee Reservoir, looking north. The pointed peak in the center is Lone Cone Mountain, and it is 12,614 feet tall and about 25 miles away as the crow flies.|