The Perfect Landscape
for Adventure

Mesa Verde Country is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts!  Our geographic diversity of mountains, mesas, and canyons provides the perfect environment for recreational activities year-round. Hiking, biking, fishing, boating, rafting, golf, horseback riding, hunting, skiing, and snowmobiling are just some of the sports you can enjoy here.

Our incredible climate makes so many recreational activities possible year-round, and offers many options for families and groups - or hearty adventurers. Our location makes it possible to cross country ski in front of ancient pueblos on a winter’s morning, and hike in our warm red-rock canyons on that same afternoon. Mesa Verde Country enjoys a longer season for golf, hiking and mountain biking than most destinations in Colorado, because of the warmer temperatures in the spring and fall. Fishing can be enjoyed any time of year, and without the crowds! It's a perfect mash-up of all the best parts of the Four Corners region, just waiting for you to enjoy it.

Whether on foot or on horseback, on two wheels or four, on land or on water, in snow or in sun, the exceptional landscapes of Mesa Verde Country beckon you to create your own outdoor adventure, any time, all year-round! There are just too many to see and do in one day, and with all the available Four Corners lodging in Cortez, Mancos and Dolores, you'll be able to do so much more.

Outdoor Fun

BikingFrom 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
HikingMesa 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 AdventuresWhether 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
GolfingConquistador 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
HuntingBig 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 CountryExplore More
SkiingCross-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
SnowmobilingHundreds 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