April 25, 2000
Nestled in the picturesque area just south of Cortez, the Sleeping Ute Retreat offers bed and breakfast accommodations — with a twist.
This newcomer to the hospitality industry is the result of a little imagination and a lot of hard work on the part of Judy Wolffe. While working full-time for the Navajo Health Service, Wolffe offers two rooms in her beautiful home as standard bed and breakfast fare, as well as an outlying apartment that sleeps seven. All rooms are decorated with Southwestern flair.
She also will soon be offering relatively unique accommodations in the form of traditional Navajo hogans. Two such dwellings are nearing completion for nightly rentals. With dirt floors and no utilities (although such are available inside the bed and breakfast), both hogans are designed to give an authentic feel; what Wolffe calls "bare bones" accommodation for those who want to rough it, but still have the opportunity to "clean up."
The larger of the two hogans sleeps seven, with the smaller being suitable for two. Both are situated near a lovely pond where fishing is allowed. The area itself is also great for hiking.
The Sleeping Ute Retreat provides a rural setting that takes the traveler off the beaten path, but is near enough to Cortez, Towaoc and the casino to be comfortable. An open house to acquaint all interested parties with this new business is planned for May 13, at the Sleeping Ute Retreat, 3108 U.S. Highway 160 (eight miles south of Cortez, or 4.2 miles north of the casino). The bed and breakfast can be reached at 565-1260.