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, 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.

Archaeology

Outdoor Fun

Biking From single tracks that wind past cliff dwellings to beautiful climbs in the San Juans, to mountain biking in Phil's World, 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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