The small communities of Mesa Verde Country: Cortez, Dolores, and Mancos, welcome you with genuine hometown hospitality! Each has its own special character (and characters!), so be sure to take time to explore each one.
Cortez, the archaeological center of America, is the largest community near Mesa Verde National Park and offers the most services. The town is nestled between the majestic La Plata Mountains, the brooding Sleeping Ute Mountain, and the sharp-hewn silhouette of Mesa Verde.
Dolores is located halfway between Durango and Telluride, where the Dolores River forms McPhee Lake, the second largest body of water in Colorado. With the Dolores River running through town and mountains on both sides of the valley, Dolores is Mesa Verde Country's outdoor recreation Mecca.
Mancos sits in the heart of the lush Mancos Valley and traces its roots back to the ranching, farming, and timber industries that started in the 1870s. Ranching is still a mainstay, and the Western spirit is alive and well.