Mesa Verde Area - Southwest Colorado

Includes Cortez, Mancos


The ruins of the Anasazi, a Navajo word meaning "Ancient Ones," are what bring people to this quiet, sun-drenched area. At Mesa Verde National Park visitors walk among the incredible cliff dwellings of these prehistoric Pueblo people. The Anasazi culture flourished here from approximately A.D. 1 to 1300, leaving behind a priceless legacy of their achievements in the famous cliff houses and mesa top villages. The reasons the Ancient Ones abandoned the area remains an enigma, despite decades of research. At one point, more than 40,000 Anasazi lived here.

Family picture in front of Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park near Cortez, Colorado
Mesa Verde's Cliff Palace is a Great Place for a Group Photo
Cowboy on horse over looks Mancos Valley in Colorado
Explore the Mesa Verde Area on Horseback


Ten miles west of the park is Cortez, once called by the Navajo "Tsaya-toh" (rock-water) for its spring. Lowry Indian Ruins, 26 miles north of Cortez, contain the largest and best preserved painted Anasazi kivas in world. Hovenweep National Monument, 40 miles west, has its unique Anasazi ruins. Other nearby monuments include Canyon of the Ancients National Monument and the Four Corners Area Monument which is located on Ute Mountain Ute and Navajo Indian reservations, the only place in the United States where four states meet.

Playground at Cortez City Park, Colorado
The Playground at Cortez City Park
The town of Cortez and the San Juan Mountains in Colorado
The Town of Cortez & the San Juan Mountains


Commercial air travel accommodations are handled by Cortez Municipal Airport. Please contact your preferred travel agent or airline for flight arrangements.

Mesa Verde Area is near: Dolores Area & Durango Area

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Featured Mesa Verde Area Businesses

Ancient Cedars @ Mesa Verde RV Resort  link to Colorado vacation
The Closest full service Resort to Mesa Verde National Park, across from Entrance! Ancient Cedars has easy Highway access for BIG RVs, full hookup pull-thrus, cabins, tent sites; and 9 miles East of Cortez.

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Canyon Trails Ranch  link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
Guided horseback rides to ancient sites along canyon trails in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Ranch has LQ horse camping with private corrals, electric, water. 10 miles west of Cortez.

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Echo Basin Ranch - Colorado Wedding Destination  link to Colorado vacation
An ideal ranch destination: family reunions or weddings. Echo Basin is exceptionally priced and flexible. Between Durango and Mesa Verde National Park in Mancos, Colorado -- where Mesas meet Mountains.

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Mancos State Park  link to Colorado vacation
In the San Juan Mountains, near Mesa Verde National Park, Mancos State Park offers: trout fishing, campsites, 2 ultra-modern yurts with propane heat. Jackson Gulch Reservoir: wakeless boats.

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Mesa Verde National Park Lodging and Campground  Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business
Experience Mesa Verde National Park's unspoiled beauty! Stay within the World Historic Site at Far View Lodge or Morefield Campground. Aramark dining ranges from casual patio to an elegant culinary experience.

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Rimrock Outfitters - An Authentic Cowboy Experience  Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Guided horseback rides near Mancos, Colorado, near Durango and Mesa Verde National Park. Your family's authentic cowboy experience, Rimrock Outfitters the best vacation adventure in the country!

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Mesa Verde Area Activities and Maps

National Parks and Monuments:
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument -UPDATED-
Hovenweep National Monument -UPDATED-
Mesa Verde National Park

Scenic Byways:
Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Four Corners Area Fishing Map -NEW-

Jeep & 4WD:
Durango Jeeping & ATV/UTV Trails

Dolores Snowmobile Trails

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