Cortez is one of the largest towns in Southwest Colorado. Downtown is several blocks, all lined with nice shops and restaurants.
Archaeological Sites – The southwest region of Colorado was once settled by the Anasazi or Ancient Peubloan people. Ancient ruins are located all around, many have been excavated are are open to visit. Find pit houses, cliff dwellings, kivas and other signs of civilization. Mesa Verde, Hovenweep and Canyons of the Ancients are all nearby.
- Mancos State Park offers 32 sites; no electrical hook-ups.
- Mesa Verde has a whopping 267 campsites, many with
- Hovenweep has a very nice 31-site campground with breathtaking views.
- Primitive car camping is permitted on many BLM roads in the Canyons of the Ancients.
- McPhee Recreation Area has a campground.
- Nearby by Mancos State Park offers a large lake open to fishing and boating year round.
- McPhee Reservoir to the north near Dolores has boating and fishing. It’s the second largest lake in Colorado behind Blue Mesa Reservoir.
- Totten Lake is a small reservoir just east of downtown.
- Great hiking is never far off in the Southwest. Many archaeological sites offer well maintained trails and a chance to see historic sights.
Things to do near Cortez
- Ute Mountain Casino (14mi)
- Canyons of the Ancients (11mi)
- Hovenweep (45mi)
- McPhee Reservoir (16mi)
- Mesa Verde (22mi)
- San Juan National Forest
- Yucca House (11mi)
- Mancos (23mi)
Featured Cortez blog
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