Known as the Archaeological Center of America, the region known as Mesa Verde Country Cortez Colorado is home to Mesa Verde National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, the Anasazi Heritage Center, Crow Canyon Archaeology Center, and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, all located in Montezuma County, which is also home to the towns of Dolores, Mancos, and Towaoc; and the City of Cortez. Beyond archaeology, this area is proud to be one of the largest agricultural communities in the State.
Dolores boasts outstanding outdoor opportunities with McPhee Reservoir – the second largest lake in Colorado, boating, and fishing in the Gold Medal waters of the Dolores River, and world-class mountain biking.
The town of Mancos is a thriving art community with 2 art co-ops for the many artists working in a variety of media, including nationally recognized bronze artist Veryl Goodnight. Mancos also hosts a wildly popular Balloon Festival in September.
The City of Cortez features over 300 acres of parks, trails, natural areas and preserves. The 160 acre, USGA sanctioned Conquistador Golf Course features stunning panoramic views of the LaPlata Mountains, Mesa Verde, and Sleeping Ute Mountain. The historic downtown area, with shops, galleries and trading posts, also offers many excellent restaurants that feature our local produce, micro-brews and wines. The Cortez Cultural Center hosts traditional Native American dances in the plaza downtown six nights per week in the summer. This is a free event that attracts thousands of visitors each year.
The Ute Mountain Ute Reservation in Towaoc is home to a large resort and casino, working farm and ranch, a pottery store where visitors can watch tribal artists making authentic wares, a large travel center, and the Ute Mountain Tribal Park, often referred to as the “second Mesa Verde”.