Visit Cortez Colorado

Located in the southwest corner of Colorado, Cortez is the archaeological center of America. Offering lodging and other visitor services close Mesa Verde National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, the Anasazi Heritage Center, Canyons of the Ancients, or Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

This town celebrates a rich and diverse cultural history. Cortez is home to the ancestral Puebloan peoples as well as a variety of Native American and Spanish settlements throughout history. And with a geography that is almost as diverse as its cultural history, Cortez is a gateway to outdoor enthusiasts as it sits between Colorado’s beautiful Mountains, high desert plateaus and wide expansive open spaces. Cortez is also just a short drive from the Four Corners Monument, Arches, and Monument Valley and lies centrally located to two beautiful Scenic Byways—The San Juan Skyway and Trail of the Ancients.

Cortez is also home to a rich farming and ranching heritage which make for unique Agritourism opportunities such as visiting a local winery, alpaca farm, or orchard. The surrounding area also offers McPhee Lake, the Dolores River, and the San Juan Mountains so whether your passion is exploring cultural history, enjoying spectacular scenery, or playing in rugged canyon or mountain trails, there is a little something for everyone in Cortez. Too many options to decide? Let our Travel Experts assist with all your travel planning needs.

Explore the History of Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park offers some of the most notable and best-preserved archaeological sites in the United States with over 4000 sites. The park is always open, but opportunities vary from season to season. You can hike, take a scenic drive or learn about the culture and architecture of the Ancestral Puebloan people through a variety of fascinating guided tours. Whether you plan a getaway for two or a group function, we’ll help you make the most of your visit to Mesa Verde! More details…

Cortez Quick Facts:

6,191 feet above sea level

Average High/Low Temps for Winter 42/15 (Jan)

Average High/Low Temps for Summer 85/50 (July)


Approximately 8,000 in Cortez

Approximately 25,000 in Montezuma County

National Forest
San Juan
Mountain Range
San Juan Mountains and La Plata Mountains

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