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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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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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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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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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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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