Local Area Attractions Near Cortez / Mesa Verde KOA Journey
Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde Country
Mesa Verde Country is diverse -- offering nine national parks and monuments, mountains, mesas and national forests, recreation, relaxation and American Indian arts and crafts. One of the pleasant surprises you will discover in Mesa Verde Country is the diversity of culture. In addition to the ancient Anasazi civilization and contemporary Ute, Navajo and Hopi Indians, the region is alive with the passion and spirit of the old west ranchers, miners and cowboys. www.mesaverdecountry.com
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Cortez, CO 81321
Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park is filled with fascinating secrets and ancient cliff dwellings. Over 4,000 people thrived on these plateaus between 600 and 1300 AD. They built stone villages on the mesa tops and constructed massive cliff dwellings in the steep canyon walls. The elaborate stonework, delicate artifacts and amazing petroglyphs are a man-made wonder. Climb through these ancient ruins and walk in the footsteps of the American Indians. Beginning March 8, 2020 you can reserve tour tickets online at https://www.recreation.gov/ticket/facility/233362 for daily cliff dwelling tours, including Cliff Palace, Long House, and Balcony House.
Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330
Four Corners Monument
Visit the only place in the United States where four states meet Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. It is the only point in the United States shared by four states, leading to the area being named the Four Corners region. It is a "must stop" to take pictures of each other while standing in four states simultaneously.
Canyonlands National Park
In only two short hours you can drive to Canyonlands National Park. Canyonlands is a magical collection of sinuous red rock canyons dissected by intermittent stream beds and washes. It's a great place to explore, whether hiking, backpacking, mountain biking or by jeep. You'll find Anasazi ruins, natural arches and breathtaking vistas. In the spring or fall, Canyonlands is even more breathtaking with the changing seasons. There are two entrances to Canyonlands; the first at Newspaper Rock (an ancient message board of the Anasazi), the second north of Moab at the awe inspiring Island in the Sky area.
Monument Valley Tribal Park
Drive west into John Wayne country and visit the majestic and mysterious rock formations that form the Valley of the Navajo. The geology is fascinating and will make your trip even more interesting. A film crew in the valley is still a common sight.
Local Area Recreation Near Cortez / Mesa Verde KOA Journey
If antiquing is your thing, we've got plenty to keep you busy. Start with our own Antique Corral, Prairie Dog Antiques, and Forget Me Not Antiques right in Cortez then if you haven't had your fill you can branch out to our local communities including Delores where you will find the Traditional Antique Charm Mall
Whatever you do, don't forget the bikes! There are so many great trails to ride in our area. Come see us when you get here and we'll help you go get lost.
Million Dollar Scenic Motorcycle Rides
Enjoy the views as you take a ride along the San Juan Loop or meander the "Million Dollar Highway." For more information see the Office at Registration.
Don't own a boat?
Didn't want to drag it with you this trip?
Head out to McPhee Reservoir and spend some time on the water. You can either rent a tiller handle boat or pontoon boat, whichever you prefer. For more information, visit their website.