When Louis L’Amour wrote about the West, more often than not, he was talking about the Mancos River Valley. Nestled below the Mesa Verde Mountains, this riverside town still holds the western charm contained within L’Amour’s novels. Historic buildings filled with art, quaint shops, and a family-owned bakery line the streets of downtown.
Nowhere else can you immerse yourself in authentic cowboy culture like you can in Mancos. As you explore downtown, navigating among stagecoaches and cattle drives, you’ll not only see, but live the culture and learn the “Cowboy Code.”
In Mancos, you’ll find farm-to-table restaurants, farmers markets, coffee roasters and burger joints as well as one of the oldest operating bars in Colorado. Stay at a bed and breakfast, historic hotel, guest ranch, or motel in the heart of town. Hot air balloon festivals, Main Street parades, gallery tours, and street fairs make it easy to become part of this friendly community.
As a town known for its creativity, Mancos artisans craft beer and rum, leather goods and jewelry, as well as world-renowned bronze sculptures. Handmade western hats are designed to sit atop famous, Hollywood heads along with local, working cowboys who appreciate this time-honored tradition. This blend of the old and new, in art and in life, makes Mancos a must-experience location within Mesa Verde Country.
- Cowboy up for horseback rides
- Tour art galleries
- Shop the Farmers Market in summer
- Fish the West Mancos River
- Hike and bike numerous trails
- Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and dog sled rides in winter
- Taste local rum
- Open Studio Tours in June
- Grand Summer Nights Gallery Walks
- Balloon & Art Festival in September
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