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, Colorado Vacation Directory
Mesa Verde's Cliff Palace is a great place for a group photo
Cowboy on horse over looks Mancos Valley, Colorado Vacation Directory
Photo courtesy of Lynne Lewis


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 Vacation Directory
The playground at Cortez City Park
The town of Cortez and the San Juan Mountains , Colorado Vacation Directory
The town 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
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 - Colorado Wedding Destination  link to Colorado vacation
Between Durango and Mesa Verde National Park in Mancos, Colorado -- where Mesas meet Mountains. Echo Basin Ranch is an ideal destination a family reunion or wedding. Exceptionally priced and flexible.

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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.


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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Mesa Verde Area Activities and Maps

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

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

Jeep & 4WD:
Durango Jeeping & ATV Trails

Dolores Snowmobile Trails

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