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How to Cool Off On a Hot Day in Southwestern Colorado

Fishing in Colorado, Kayaking in Colorado, and much more

Although Southwestern Colorado enjoys four seasons, it’s no secret that summer afternoons can be real scorchers. Cool off with these five ideas that have you fishing gold-medal waters, plunging into alpine hot springs, wielding water noodles, and more.

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Mancos, Dolores, and Cortez: Three Gems in SW Colorado

Looking for a long weekend getaway? Southwestern Colorado is an ideal destination for year-round adventure, culture, and fun! Pack the car and point towards the Four Corners on this three-day road trip the whole family will enjoy. 

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6 Uncrowded Hiking Trails in Colorado

Mesa Verde Country is home to tremendous diversity when it comes to hiking trails in Colorado. From sandstone mazes through piñon pine to deep shady canyons lined with ancient cliff dwellings and beyond, Mesa Verde Country is the perfect destination for every type of trekker. While the trails that follow are by no means an exhaustive list of what our backyard has to offer, these are some of our favorites with a variety of difficulty levels.

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5 Reasons to Visit Mesa Verde Country Now

Mesa Verde Country is an off the beaten path area with incredibly unique features and experiences distinctive to this corner of Colorado. With nearby towns of Cortez, Dolores, and Mancos this area has much more to offer than Mesa Verde National Park, although it’s one of our favorites. Here are five reasons why Mesa Verde Country should be on your radar.

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Cortez Cash

Would you like cash for crashing at a beautiful place in Mesa Verde Country? Book a two nights stay at any qualifying hotel in Mesa Verde Country and get $50 Cortez Cash. It’s as easy as that!

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Mesa Verde Country: The West’s Next Great Mountain Biking Destination

Mountain biking enthusiasts are taking notice of Mesa Verde Country in Southwest Colorado as one of the next great mountain biking destinations. From single tracks to challenging climbs in the San Juan Mountains, Mesa Verde Country offers more than 600 miles of trails that traverse slick rock, old-growth forest and even ancient archaeological sites.
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Farm to Fun in Mesa Verde Country

Mesa Verde Country is full of ancient pueblos and southwest charm. While Mesa Verde National Park attracts the majority of visitors to this corner of Colorado (and rightfully so!), there is much to explore beyond the Park. History buffs will relish in the region’s rich past, and outdoor enthusiasts will have a hard time deciding which activity to embrace. Additionally, the food and beverage industry has a strong commitment to–literally–the region’s roots, and flavors are just as much delicious as they are local. Here are my suggestions for passing a few days in Mesa Verde Country.

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COVID-19 Travel Information for Mesa Verde Country

Last updated: August 1st, 2020

Mesa Verde Country is carefully and thoughtfully reopening to visitors. Our communities are looking forward to hosting you for a safe vacation with plenty of room to spread out and explore.

As you begin to plan your visit, first please remember to bring your new preventative behaviors with you. Our residents and community members will benefit from your regular handwashing, physical distancing, and covered coughs. Thanks in advance!

Executive Order D 2020 138 is a mandatory statewide mask order that goes into effect at midnight on July 16, 2020, and will be in effect for 30 days. It may be extended.

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Farm to Fun in Mesa Verde Country

Mesa Verde Country is full of ancient pueblos and southwest charm. While Mesa Verde National Park attracts the majority of visitors to this corner of Colorado (and rightfully so!), there is much to explore beyond the Park. History buffs will relish in the region’s rich past, and outdoor enthusiasts will have a hard time deciding which activity to embrace. Additionally, the food and beverage industry has a strong commitment to–literally–the region’s roots, and flavors are just as much delicious as they are local. Here are my suggestions for passing a few days in Mesa Verde Country. Read More



5 Reasons Why Mesa Verde Should Be on Your Bucket List

1. Cliff Dwellings

Get in touch with your inner archaeologist at Mesa Verde National Park, named a World Heritage Site for its well-preserved homes and artifacts of the Ancestral Puebloans. Visit the elaborate rock masonry dwellings they lived in centuries ago.

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The Heart of the House in Mesa Verde Country

Share Your Experience Keeping Tradition Going

When you visit here, your experience is defined by the culture and history of this magical place. But equally important is your home away from home; where you rest your head each night after a day of fun and adventure. Here, meet three of the people who define Mesa Verde Country’s hospitality legacy.

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Coming Soon! Guided Podcast Tour from Mesa Verde Country

Mesa Verde Country was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO). We’re using that money to create downloadable podcasts that will help you learn about the area’s rich archaeological history when you visit!

The “Ancient Voices” audio driving tour will share information about the many archaeological attractions in Mesa Verde Country, as well as local history, Western stories, botany, cosmology, music and life in ancient Puebloan times. Now, you will have even more resources available to enjoy the rich archaeology in our area. As we like to say, “one day just isn’t enough!” to see all of this.

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Foodies, Families & Friends Flock to Blondie’s Trophy Room

Restaurateur Desmond Calhoon is a betting man.

Because of a longstanding wager with his sibling—and a little serendipity—Blondie’s Trophy Room in his hometown of Cortez, Colorado, came to fruition.

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Mesa Verde National Park Hosts Moonlight Snowshoe & Ski on Jan. 6

Mesa Verde Country is an incredible place to visit any time of the year. But winter can be particularly spectacular when the area is carpeted in snow. And special events like this one make it even more magical! 

On Friday, Jan. 6, Mesa Verde National Park is hosting a free, all-ages moonlight snowshoe and ski event. It’s part of the park’s Winter Fest. The Morefield Campground winter trails will be open from 6-10 p.m. for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

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Mesa Verde National Park Offers Free Admission in 2017

It’s true that most things in life aren’t free. But here’s something that is! Admission to Mesa Verde National Park – for 10 days in 2017, at least.

The park has announced that it is offering FREE admission on these 10 days in 2017. It’s just one more reason to plan your trip to Mesa Verde Country in the New Year!

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Winter Fun in Mesa Verde Country

Just because the snow is flying doesn’t mean the fun ends in Mesa Verde Country! In fact, Mesa Verde Country has snow, mountains, sunshine and everything you need for the perfect cold-weather getaway at an affordable price. And, it’s all within driving distance of Denver, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, Phoenix and Las Vegas.

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Mesa Verde Country Hosts Luminaria Night on Dec. 8

The luminaria show will go on in Mesa Verde Country! The traditional open house event was cancelled at Mesa Verde National Park because of ongoing concerns about the stability of the rock arch in the Spruce Tree House alcove.

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Time-Honored Food; New Cachet in Cortez

Sweet. Hot.

Jalapeño. Serrano. Poblano. Chipotle.

We’re talking peppers.

And Tess Montaño Forth can tell you all about them. This restaurateur is the owner and operator of Pepperhead, the downtown Cortez, Colorado eatery that has won the hearts and appetites of residents and scores of visitors alike, with its fresh southwest-style food. The menu has deep roots in her family’s culinary tradition, with an up-to-date approach that makes use of abundant, organic, locally sourced meats and produce in Mesa Verde Country.

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New air service to Cortez from Denver & Phoenix

Boutique Air, where you can “fly private for the cost of commercial,” recently began service to/from Cortez to Denver and Phoenix. This is great news for travelers, who now have another, convenient option for getting to Mesa Verde Country to enjoy all the amazing activities and attractions for which our area is famous.

From Cortez Municipal Airport, there are three daily flight options to Denver and one to Phoenix. Prices start at just $59 each way. The typical Boutique aircraft seats between 8-20 passengers.

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4 antichi luoghi indiani nel sud-ovest del Colorado – incredibile!

Il sud-ovest del Colorado è semplicemente qualcosa di diverso. Un soffio d’aria calda e secca del deserto, uno splendido paesaggio d’alta montagna a 4.400m d’altitudine, chiamato San Juan Mountains, acqua fresca di sorgente e numerose grotte sulle scogliere, chiamate “Cliff Dwellings”. Non c’è da stupirsi che gli indiani nativi abbiano popolato questa zona per così tanto tempo. Non riuscivo a crederci quando ho visitato questi luoghi antichi nel parco nazionale di Mesa Verde. Ai visitatori internazionali che vogliono conoscere la cultura degli indiani raccomando di visitare i seguenti luoghi:

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4 antike Indianerstätten im Südwesten von Colorado – Unglaublich!

Colorados Südwesten ist einfach anders. Ein Hauch von warmer und trockener Wüstenluft, eine atemberaubende, 4,400m hohe Bergkulisse der sogenannten San Juan Mountains, frisches Quellwasser und zahlreiche Höhlen an steilen Felsen, sogenannte „Cliff Dwellings“. Kein Wunder, dass einheimische Indianer diese Gegend für lange Zeit besiedelten. Ich konnte es einfach nicht glauben, als ich im Mesa Verde National Park diese antiken Stätten besuchte. Für internationale Besucher, die die Kultur der Indianer erleben wollen, empfehle ich die folgenden Orte zu besuchen:

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4 sites Amérindiens antiques dans le Sud-Ouest du Colorado – incroyable!

Le Sud-Ouest du Colorado est simplement différent. Une touche d’air du désert, chaud et sec, un paysage superbe de 4.400m de haute montagne, nommés les « San Juan Mountains », l’eau de source fraîche et de nombreuses grottes sur rochers escarpés du nom de « Cliff Dwellings ». Il n’est pas étonnant que les Amérindiens natifs aient peuplé cette région pendant longtemps. Je ne pouvais pas croire mes yeux quand j’ai visité ces sites anciens dans le parc national de Mesa Verde. Pour les visiteurs internationaux qui veulent découvrir la culture des Amérindiens, je vous recommande de visiter les endroits suivants :

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Meet Bessie White, Founder of the Cortez Farmers Market

Recently, The Perennial Plate, a two-time James Beard Award winning online weekly documentary series dedicated to socially responsible and adventurous eating, featured a documentary about Cortez’s own Bessie White.

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Fall in Mesa Verde Country

Autumn is arguably one of the best times to visit Mesa Verde Country. It’s an area renowned for its rich culture, history, agritourism, adventure and more. Fall colors bloom, and the crisp air is just right for outdoor recreation – no scorching heat or biting cold!
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