There’s More to Explore in Mesa Verde Country

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 where thousands more are waiting to be discovered. Or, you could venture into town for art galleries, museums, farm-to table cuisine, local brews and shopping.

Archaeology

Mesa Verde National Park Mesa Verde has been selected the #1 historic monument in the world by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, and was chosen by National Geographic Traveler as one of the 50 places of a Lifetime. Explore More
Canyons of the Ancients Just six miles from the heart of Cortez, Canyons of the Ancients was declared a National Monuments in the year 2000 to preserve the largest concentration of archaeological sites in the United States. Explore More
Lowry Pueblo Named for homesteader George Lowry, this site is typical of the medium-sized pueblos that once dotted the Montezuma Valley. Lowry Pueblo had a total of about 40 rooms and 8 kivas at its peak. Explore More
Hovenweep National Monument Hovenweep, a Ute Indian word meaning "deserted valley," was once home to over 2,500 people ¬– that’s more than the current population of Dolores and Mancos combined! Explore More
Ute Mountain Tribal Park Selected by National Geographic Traveler as one of "80 World Destinations for Travel in the 21st Century," one of only 9 places in the United States to receive this special designation Explore More
Anasazi Heritage Center The Anasazi Heritage Center is a federal museum, research center, and curation facility, with over three million records, samples, and artifacts from public lands throughout southwestern Colorado. Explore More
Cortez Cultural Center The Cortez Cultural Center contains information on archaeology and Native American culture. The Center's Museum displays interpretive exhibits on the Basketmaker and Pueblo periods. Explore More
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center Crow Canyon’s educational programs provide hands-on experience working alongside professional archaeologists at a current excavation site and in the laboratory. Explore More
Culture Continues The Mesa Verde Area represents the ancestral homeland of the current-day Pueblo people, whose nations are now located in an arc stretching from the Hopi villages in Arizona to the Pueblos. Explore More

Outdoor Fun

Biking From single tracks that wind past ancient cliff dwellings to challenging hill climbs in the San Juan Mountains, Mesa Verde Country offers some of the most unique rides in the Southwest. Explore More
Hiking Mesa Verde Country has some of the most beautiful hiking trails in Colorado, from beautiful red-rock canyons, to the cool San Juan National Forest, and spectacular 14,000 foot peaks. Explore More
Fishing From small mountain streams to McPhee Lake, the second largest in Colorado, Mesa Verde Country is one of the premiere fishing areas in Colorado. Explore More
Western Adventures Whether you're looking for a once in a lifetime experience working on a real cattle ranch, a horseback ride or a pack trip into our incredible backcountry, Mesa Verde Country is the place! Explore More
Birding With its diverse landscapes and mild climate, Mesa Verde Country attracts a wide spectrum of migratory and resident birds. Spring migration and early nesters attract birdwatchers from far and wide. Explore More
Wildflowers Mesa Verde Country is home to over 2,000 species of plants that range from dwarf alpine flowers, to fields of mountain sunflowers, to carpets of high desert peas. Explore More
Golfing Conquistador Golf Course, a USGA sanctioned, par 72, 18 hole public course. The course sits at 6,200 feet, with views of Mesa Verde, the La Plata Mountains, and the Sleeping Ute Mountain. Explore More
Hunting Big game hunting in Mesa Verde Country is legendary. According to American Hunter, the best bet for mule deer is in Montezuma County, which makes up a large part of Mesa Verde Country Explore More
Skiing Cross-country options include skiing above Ancestral Puebloan sites, or into spectacular, remote mountain country. Trails range from well-maintained double tracks to trail-breaking opportunities. Explore More
Snowmobiling Hundreds of miles of Forest Service trails, bowls, and meadows await the snowmobiler in Mesa Verde Country. All trails follow the standards for signage and are marked with orange diamonds. Explore More

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