Early Ute History
April 2016 - Ute people seem to have lived in the area of North America that is now the states of Utah and Colorado beginning at least by 500 AD. The Ute (YOOT) had no stories about coming to this area, which means that they were probably there a long time before that, too. The Ute language is related to the language of other people who lived near them like Comanche people and Shoshone people, but it was also related to the Aztec language spoken in Mexico, far to the south (but that's because the Aztec people moved south later on). The Ute people called themselves the Nuche, which means "the people" in their language.
Some time after the collapse of the Anasazi towns to their south about 1300 AD due to the Little Ice Age, Ute people moved south and took over some of the land that the Anasazi had controlled. But the Ute stayed far enough north that they didn't meet any Europeans until the 1600s AD.