Housed in a 1909 historic building, the Cortez Cultural Center contains a wealth of information on archaeology and Native American culture. The Center’s Museum displays interpretive exhibits on the Basketmaker and Pueblo periods of the Ancestral Pueblo people. Also featured are displays from the Ute Mountain Ute, Pueblo, and Navajo tribes. Monthly art exhibits feature local and regional artists.
A mural on the back of the building depicts a traditional pueblo, and serves as a backdrop for Native American Dances. Dances are held in the summer every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Native American Cultural programs are held each Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the summer and feature fascinating lectures by a Navajo Code Talker. Enjoy Old West Heritage music shows every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. View the Events Calendar here: http://cortezculturalcenter.org/events/
The outdoor plaza also features a Hogan, a traditional home of the Navajo people that visitors can enter and explore.
The Center also owns Hawkins Preserve, a 122-acre natural and cultural preserve within the city of Cortez and open to the public year-round. Several trails throughout this natural desert setting give visitors the opportunity to see many diverse plant and animal species.
Know Before You Go
- Open year-round, Monday-Saturday
- Open 7 days a week in summer
- No entrance fee for the museum or dances, donations are welcome
- Allow at least one hour to view exhibits
- Native American artifacts, exhibits
- Native American dances and cultural programs
- Hawkins Preserve
Cortez Cultural Center is located in Cortez at 25 N. Market Street, one block off of Main Street. To get to Hawkins Preserve in Cortez, take Main St to S. Broadway (Hwy 491); turn left on W. 7th St. then right onto S. Oak St., then right onto Verde Vu.