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About Mesa Verde Country

Mesa Verde Country is located in southwest Colorado near the entrance to the magnificent Mesa Verde National Park. Our welcoming communities of Cortez, Dolores, and Mancos offer comfy accommodations, world-class dining, microbreweries and wineries, all kinds of outdoor fun, and visitor services.

The Park and its neighboring communities and wild spaces are what make Mesa Verde Country a destination of superlatives and treasures:

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10 Things to do in Mesa Verde Country

Being close to Mesa Verde National Park certainly has its advantages. This beautiful, incomparable archaeological site, dedicated to so much human mystery, has a way of making CortezMancos, and Dolores stand out.

But that’s not all there is to Mesa Verde Country – around Mesa Verde Country, you’ll find thriving communities filled with outdoor recreationarts & cultureworld-class cuisinelocal wineries & breweries, and the warm, welcoming people of Southwest Colorado. Read on to discover 10 Things to do & see in Mesa Verde Country.

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Seven Day Itinerary


The list of things to do and see in Mesa Verde Country is endless. With so much to do, planning your trip can be a little overwhelming. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. To make your trip hassle-free we’ve put together a seven-day itinerary. This itinerary highlights some of the most interesting and exciting gems in Mesa Verde Country. We have also included a large variety of activities sure to please different interests and offer new experiences. From archaeological discovery to gallery shopping and mountain biking to fly fishing, this itinerary will keep you busy and always looking forward to your next adventure in Mesa Verde Country.

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Intermediate Mountain Bike Trails in Southwest Colorado

Southwest Colorado is teeming with mountain bike trails that appeal to all levels of riders. If you feel somewhere in the middle–between newbie and aggressive trail hound–the Cortez area of Colorado delivers. On and off the trails, you’ll love the sense of local community, agriculture and ancestral puebloan history that the region is known for.

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Must-Ride Mountain Bike Trails in the Cortez Area

Southwest Colorado is a mountain biker’s paradise. From desert terrain offering zippy descents and technical riding up to the mountains, where you can cool off from the heat and wind through the aspens. There’s a lot of bang for your buck riding in this region! The cultural and historical backbone of southwest Colorado shine through on all of the region’s bike trails, making for some truly memorable riding.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Mountain Biking in the Four Corners Region

I was there once, a beginner in the mountain bike community feeling intimidated by the sport. In that first year I took my bike to the Four Corners region of Colorado and was refreshed by the welcoming and non-pretentious spirit there. From confidence-boosting rides and welcoming folks at the local bike shops, I left the area feeling inspired and jazzed on mountain biking!

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Mesa Verde National Park by the Numbers


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Three Starry Nights in Mesa Verde Country, Colorado

In 2021, Mesa Verde National Park (MVNP) was certified as the world’s 100th International Dark Sky Park—the National Park Service’s ongoing efforts to preserve and protect our naturally dark skies. On your first night in the area, we recommend attending a ranger talk at the Morefield Campground Amphitheater in MVNP. Starting June 16th, the free ranger talks will be held three nights a week. The amphitheater is located at the end of the road in the campground and the presentations are 45-60 minutes long.

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Rooted in Recreation: A Local Perspective on Mountain Biking in Mesa Verde Country

Best “Trail System” I’ve ever ridden.”

Fantastic trail. Extremely fun. Fast-flowing track. This system is built well and maintained. It is a must-do for any mountain biker of any skill level.”

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Follow the Trail of the Ancients in Southwest Colorado

Historical evidence of the Ancestral Puebloan culture is scattered throughout the Colorado Plateau in the Four Corners region of the United States. Drive through this wildly beautiful desert landscape and explore some of the most fascinating historic sites along the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway in southwest Colorado.

This road trip features one national park, three national monuments, and endless views along the way.

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What’s Ours is Yours

Approximately one third of Mesa Verde Country is public land. That means it’s ours, and it’s also yours. We like to think of it as our backyard: a space we enjoy year-round and a space we’re happy to share with guests we hope will help us take care of it. We won’t make you mow the lawn or rake the leaves. Just keep a few simple things in mind to help us keep it pristine and healthy so we all (including the more wild residents) can continue to enjoy it for generations to come.

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Drei sternenklare Nächte im Mesa Verde Country, Colorado

Die südwestliche Region von Colorado, bekannt als Mesa Verde Country, heißt Besucher willkommen, um den Sternenhimmel zu erleben und alles zu erleben, was es nach Sonnenuntergang zu erleben gibt. Mesa Verde liegt im Zentrum des dunkelsten Himmels, der in den zusammenhängenden Vereinigten Staaten verbleibt, was es zu einem großartigen Ort macht, um Sterne zu beobachten, Astrofotografie zu betreiben und sich zu fragen, was die Ureinwohner von Pueblo vor einem Jahrtausend an eben diesem Himmel gesehen haben. Aber keine Sorge, es gibt auch tagsüber viel zu erleben!

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Safe & Comfortable Lodging for Your 2021 Visit

Story & Photos by Emily Sierra Photography

For me, it’s what is on the outside that counts… at least when I’m traveling. I love to spend time exploring and recreating in the outdoors, and luckily Southwest Colorado is teeming with uncrowded outdoor spaces and fascinating, historic places to visit. Of course lodging and accommodations are a crucial piece to the travel puzzle. Fortunately, deciding where to stay inside during a pandemic is relatively simple in Mesa Verde Country, Colorado depending on your comfort level.

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Winter Activities in Mesa Verde Country Offer Therapeutic Outdoor Adventure This Season

During the snowy season, outdoor activities offer a fun way to connect with nature and friends. Mesa Verde Country in Southwest Colorado invites you to get out in the sunshine and fresh air of the Four Corners region. Moderate winter temperatures in this unique location provide opportunities to soak up nature amid the beautiful backdrop of Southwest Colorado. Biking, skiing, hiking and horseback riding are a few of the experiences that can be enjoyed in a beautifully wintery setting.

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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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Dalle fattorie al divertimento: tutto quello che puoi trovare in Mesa Verde Country

Mesa Verde Country è pieno sia di antichi pueblos che del fascino tipico del sud-occidentale. Anche se il Parco Nazionale di Mesa Verde attira, giustamente, la maggior parte dei visitatori in questo angolo del Colorado, ci sono comunque molte altre cose da esplorare. Gli appassionati di storia e delle attività all’aria aperta apprezzeranno il ricco passato della regione ma avranno difficoltà nella scelta (c’è tanto da fare)! Inoltre, l’industria alimentare e delle bevande sono molto radicate nel territorio, ed i sapori sono deliziosi quanto locali. Ecco i miei suggerimenti per trascorrere alcuni giorni nel Mesa Verde Country.

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Von Farm bis Spaß im Mesa Verde Country

Das Mesa Verde Country ist voller alter Pueblos und südwestlichem Charme. Während der Mesa Verde Nationalpark die Mehrheit der Besucher in diese Ecke von Colorado lockt (und das zu Recht!), gibt es auch über den Park hinaus viel zu entdecken. Geschichtsinteressierte werden die reiche Vergangenheit der Region zu schätzen wissen, und Outdoor-Enthusiasten werden es schwer haben zu entscheiden, welche Aktivitäten sie zuerst angehen möchten. Darüber hinaus hat die Nahrungsmittel- und Getränkeindustrie ein starkes Engagement für – im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes – die Wurzeln der Region, und die Aromen sind genauso köstlich wie lokal. Hier sind meine Vorschläge für ein paar Tage im Mesa Verde Country.

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De la ferme au divertissement dans le Mesa Verde Country

Mesa Verde Country regorge de vieux pueblos et du charme du sud-ouest. Alors que le parc national de Mesa Verde attire la majorité des visiteurs dans ce coin du Colorado (et à juste titre!), beaucoup reste à explorer au-delà du parc. Les passionnés d’histoire apprécieront le riche passé de la région et les amateurs de plein air auront du mal à se décider à quelles activités s’adonneront en premier. En outre, l’industrie des aliments et des boissons est profondément attachée aux racines (au sens strict du mot) de la région et les saveurs sont aussi délicieuses qu’elles sont locales. Voici mes suggestions pour quelques jours au Mesa Verde Country.

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Being close to Mesa Verde National Park certainly has its advantages. This beautiful, incomparable archaeological site, dedicated to so much human mystery, has a way of making CortezMancos, and Dolores stand out.

But that’s not all there is to Mesa Verde Country – around Mesa Verde Country, you’ll find thriving communities filled with outdoor recreationarts & cultureworld-class cuisinelocal wineries & breweries, and the warm, welcoming people of Southwest Colorado.

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Beyond Mesa Verde National Park: 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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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: March 8th, 2021

Mesa Verde Country is carefully and thoughtfully hosting responsible travelers for a safe vacation with plenty of room to spread out and explore. As of March 8th, 2021, Montezuma County is at Level Blue. This reduction in restrictions is encouraging.

Level Blue: Safer at Home, Cautious

  • 5% or less positivity rate
  • 0-75 cases per 100,000
  • No more than 2 new COVID-19 hospital admissions per day

Under Level Blue: 

  • Personal gatherings are allowed if they are made up of less than 10 people from no more than two different households.
  • Restaurants with indoor dining, along with noncritical manufacturing businesses, gyms and indoor entertainment events can operate at 50% capacity with a cap of 175 people.
  • Bars are closed, and last call for on-premise alcohol at other establishments is midnight.
  • Personal services businesses (like spas, hair salons and tattoo shops, among others) and limited health care settings must operate at 50% capacity, with a cap of 50 people.
  • Outdoor entertainment events must operate at 50% capacity, with a limit of 250 people.
  • Group sports and sports camps are limited to 50 people per activity.

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 hand-washing, physical distancing, and covered coughs. Thanks in advance!

A mandatory statewide mask order remains in effect.

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