Located eight miles from the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park, many consider Cortez the cultural center of Mesa Verde Country. Strong agricultural traditions and Native American heritage characterize this town, located in the the valley that is shadowed by Mesa Verde. Ancient cliff dwellings, cowboys and farms mingle harmoniously below the surrounding mountains.
Cortez was a part of the Old Spanish Trail—the route that connected northern New Mexico, California and southern Colorado starting in the late 16th century. And Cortez is still considered the trade center of the Four Corners region. Its culture is steeped in the ancient history of the indigenous people who still call this high desert valley home. See intricate artwork, artifacts and customs of the native people at the Cortez Cultural Center.
- Tour Mesa Verde National Park
- Hike or ride to archeological sites in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
- Visit Hovenweep National Monument
- Attend American Indian dances at the Cortez Cultural Center
- Ute Mountain-Mesa Verde Birding Festival in May
- Indian Arts and Culture Festival held Memorial Day Weekend
- Ute Mountain Roundup in June
Amenities & Services
- Conquistador Golf Course
- Disc Golf Course
- 294 acres of parks, trails, and nature preserves