For over 14 centuries, Ancestral Puebloans thrived in this place we now call Mesa Verde Country. Perhaps the reasons they stayed can still be tasted in our farmers markets and vineyards. The power of this magnificent landscape felt by a new generation of artists and poets; the call of the wild answered with bikes, kayaks and fishing lines. Their story unfolds at our cultural centers and Native American dances. You’ll find all of this plus hundreds of other archaeological sites in and around the communities of Cortez, Dolores and Mancos.
Mesa Verde National Park is just the beginning. Other world treasures are nearby. Ute Mountain Tribal Park is a unique way to experience a Native American interpretation of their ancestral homeland. Just a few miles from Cortez in a fertile valley with lush vineyards is Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Here you can hike or mountain bike to numerous ancient sites, and then find thousands more just waiting to be discovered. Or, you could venture into town for art galleries, museums, farm-to table cuisine, local brews and shopping.