Mesa Verde National Park
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
928 E Main Street
Cortez, CO 81321
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hovenweep National Monument is west of Cortez at the Colorado Utah border. The ruins at Hovenweep are over 700 years old. There are two routes to Hovenweep, south through the red rock beauty of McElmo canyon or north on Highway 666 to Pleasant View. Lowry ruin, west of Pleasant View, known for its great kiva and painted wall, is a fascinating bonus on this trip to the past. www.nps.gov/hove
We invite you to come to Cortez and visit our cultural center hosting Native American and Western art, poetry, and dance.
Native American dances are performed from on Thursdays, Memorial Day to Labor Day.
You can contact the cultural center for more details.
25 N Market St.
Cortez, CO 81321
Don't miss the opportunity to become an archeologist for a day. This center is committed to creating a greater understanding of the prehistoric Anasazi people, who once occupied Mesa Verde and the surrounding region. At Crow Canyon visitors get the opportunity to excavate and analyze artifacts. Depending on the time of year, different seminars and programs are available. Please visit the website or call them for more information about dates and times.
23390 Road K
Cortez, CO 81321
Mesa Verde National Park contains one of the world's best collection of Anasazi cliff dwellings. It is one of the most popular attractions in the southwest and is unique because it preserved the beauty of nature and the works of early man. Known today as the "Anasazi", Navajo for the ancient ones, this Indian civilization thrived in the region from 600 to 1300 A.D. and then mysteriously disappeared.
Only 15 minutes away from our campground, this is a great place to take the whole family. Canyon of the Ancients Museum (also known as Anasazi Heritage Center) is the southwest's state-of-the-art museum. It is a large research and artifact storage facility for the study and interpretation of the Anasazi culture. The facilities is hosted by the BLM and has various programs, trails, and wonderful exhibits.
March - October Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 9 AM - 5 PM, Closed Mondays
For more information visit the website provided.
27501 Hwy 184
Delores, CO 81323
The Tribal Park provides a personal experience for visitors of the ruins of the Anasazi tribe. All tours are hosted by Ute Indian guides who will interpret the archeology of the Park and the history of the Utes as you take this trip back in time. You will enjoy a mystical feeling of an ancient time. You can find them at the intersection of Hwy 169 and 49, in the majestic Four Corners area, south of Mesa Verde National Park. You can visit this park on your way to or from your stop at Four Corners!
McPhee, the second largest lake in Colorado, offers all the pleasures of excellent fishing, boating, water skiing, hiking and relaxing. There are fisherman-access points, boat ramps, picnic and recreation areas all around the lake. The lake overlook offers you a 360 degree panorama of four states and several mountain ranges.
After a long day of traveling, you're going to love the opportunity to let your pet run free. The recently upgraded 6 acre pet park is adjoined to our campground and is a great place to take your four legged furry friend and let them release their pent up energy. Or, if you prefer to not use the enclosed pet park, you can take them for a 1.5 mile walk around Denny Lake, which can also be accessed from our campground.
The mountains are calling... and you really must come. Not only will you have the opportunity to take the 7 hour San Juan Skyway loop drive where you'll travel through various small mountain towns along the way and see peaks of the jagged volcanic peaks of the Rocky Mountains, but you'll have the ability to plan your route. With so much to do and see you'll want to start planning now because you'll want some extra time to check out the waterfalls in Telluride, the hot springs in Ouray, the hiking of Mt. Sneffels or Perimeter Trail, and let's not forget the historic coal fired steam train that runs from Silverton to Durango. The San Juan Skyway covers 236 miles of spectacular terrain across southwestern Colorado.
Take the day to soak and replenish in any of the twenty four geothermal mineral hot springs in Pagosa Springs. While relaxing, enjoy the backdrop of the San Juan Mountain range or the babbling San Juan River. This is a day trip you won't want to miss.
Enjoy fresh produce and meander the market.
Hosted June - October, Every Friday from 4 - 7 pm
420 Central Ave
Dolores, CO 81323
As you migrate to our campground or from our campground, you won't want to miss your opportunity to see these limestone caves. These caves are located in Great Basin National Park. Most tours are guided. For more information visit their website.
Great Basin National Park
5500 W 488
Bakers, NV 89311
The Cortez Cultural Center hosts Native American Dances throughout the summer from mid June - mid August.
Head down to the every night, Monday - Saturday at 7 pm.
Event is free.
25 N Market St
Cortez, CO 81321
Sneak away for a couple of hours and enjoy a flight of wines, produced from the vines, in the scenic setting of this vineyard. Only 20 minutes from our campground, it's definitely worth the trip.
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