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.

Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park, CO, Colorado Vacation Directory
Mancos Valley, Horseride, CO, Colorado Vacation Directory
Photo Courtesy of Lynne Lewis

A short distance south of the town of Mancos en route to Weber Canyon (the eastern boundry of Mesa Verde National Park) is a new old-fashioned horse drawn stage line for your enjoyment run by the Bartels Family. 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.

Hot Air Balloon Ride, Mancos Valley, Colorado
Photo Courtesy of Patricia Burk

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

A & A Mesa Verde RV Park-Campground & Mini-Golf  link to Colorado vacation
Across the Highway from Mesa Verde National Park Entrance; THE Closest full service Campground & RV Park! Easy access for BIG rigs. 50 amp full hookup pull-thrus. Shaded tent sites. Cortez 9 miles East.

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Echo Basin Ranch  link to Colorado vacation
Between Durango and Mesa Verde National Park in Mancos -- where Mesas meet Mountains. Echo Basin Ranch, exceptionally priced and flexible, is an ideal venue for any sized family reunion or wedding.

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Mancos State Park  Colorado vacation make reservations
In the San Juan Mountains, near Mesa Verde National Park: trout fishing, campsites, pleasant climate, 2 yurts (ultra-modern tents with propane heat). Jackson Gulch Reservoir: fishing & wakeless boating.

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Mesa Verde Motel  link to Colorado vacation
In the heart of Mesa Verde Country -- The hub of your vacation wheel with Mesa Verde National Park, Durango, Telluride and all the wonders of the Four Corners. Outdoor hot tub. AAA rated. Clean and quiet.


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National Parks and Monuments:
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
Chimney Rock National Monument
Hovenweep National Monument
Mesa Verde National Park

Scenic Byways:
Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway

Jeep & 4WD:
Durango Jeeping & ATV Trails

Dolores Snowmobile Trails

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