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Cortez, CO
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Mesa Verde National Park which includes landscape views and tranquil scenes

In this small town, enjoy ample outdoor adventures and discover prehistoric Ancestral Puebloan sites, including ancient settlements and rock art. 

Located near a popular national park, a national monument and several important archaeological sites, the small town of Cortez is a popular stop-off for visitors to the region. Find out about the lives and practices of the Ancestral Puebloans, who thrived in this part of the U.S. before migrating elsewhere between the mid-12th and mid-15th centuries.

Begin your explorations at the Colorado Welcome Center. Pick up leaflets covering the many regional attractions, look at local maps and browse the on-site collection of Ancestral Puebloan artifacts. If you have any questions or queries about the region, ask staff who will be happy to help you find out what you need to know.

Venture into the UNESCO-listed Mesa Verde National Park southeast of town. The park has about 4,000 identified Ancient Puebloan sites. Climb ladders to see the centuries-old cliff-carved dwellings, study exhibits in the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center and follow hiking trails. Hiking routes range in difficulty and length; try the 1.2-mile (2-kilometer) Soda Canyon Overlook Trail or the more challenging 7.8-mile (12.5-kilometer) Prater Ridge Trail.

Also within easy reach of town is the Ute Mountain Tribal Park. Take a tour with a Native American guide and view pictographs (rock paintings) and petroglyphs (rock carvings) as well as dwellings, tools and geological formations. If you’re feeling lucky, visit the Ute Mountain Casino for a range of gambling opportunities.

For even more prehistoric sites set amid an astounding rugged landscape of canyons and mesas, head to the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Here, follow mountain bike and hiking trails to ancient settlements where rooms were carved out of cliff sides.

Within the town, find abundant green parkland, walking trails and the 18-hole Conquistador Golf Course. Common daytrip destinations include McElmo Canyon, which features wine-tasting at lovely vineyards.

Find Cortez in southwest Colorado. To get here, fly from Denver into Cortez Municipal Airport. Because most of the major attractions are outside the town itself, it’s best to rent a car to get around.

Baymont by Wyndham Cortez
Baymont by Wyndham Cortez
2.5 out of 5
2279 Hawkins, Cortez, CO
The price is $75 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Situated in Cortez, this golf hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center, and Mesa Verde ...
4.1/5Very Good! (975 reviews)
"Very convenient for what I was there to do. Comfy beds. Very close to my friend that I was visiting a house."

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

Baymont by Wyndham Cortez
Holiday Inn Express Mesa Verde-Cortez, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Mesa Verde-Cortez, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
2121 E Main St, Cortez, CO
The price is $85 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Situated in Cortez, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Southwest Health System, Colorado Welcome Center at Cortez, and Cortez Cultural Center. Crow Canyon Archaeological ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (784 reviews)
"It was a nice veiw from the room and relaxing. I would like the pool to be a little warmer but we had fun. Convenient."

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

Holiday Inn Express Mesa Verde-Cortez, an IHG Hotel
Hampton Inn Mesa Verde/Cortez
Hampton Inn Mesa Verde/Cortez
2.5 out of 5
2244 E Hawkins St, Cortez, CO
The price is $99 per night from May 1 to May 2
Located in the heart of Cortez, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Colorado Welcome Center at Cortez and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cortez Cultural Center and Southwest ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (881 reviews)
"I don’t typically write reviews, but this place made huge impressions and that needs to be recognized! The staff was great and worked with us on a late check-in, communication was top notch, and probably the cleanest place we’ve stayed at in years!"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Hampton Inn Mesa Verde/Cortez
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Mesa Verde Tiny House
The Mesa Verde Tiny House
Cortez, CO
The price is $95 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Situated in Cortez, this vacation home is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Guy Drew Winery and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Cortez Cultural ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Tiny stay in the tiny house
"We stayed only one night while visiting Mesa Verde area and this home had everything we needed. We enjoyed a great night's sleep at this beautiful location!"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2020

The Mesa Verde Tiny House
Elouisa - Refurbished '57 Schoolbus
Elouisa - Refurbished '57 Schoolbus
Mancos, CO
The price is $75 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Situated in Mancos, this campground is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Artisans of Mancos and within 9 mi (15 km) of Mesa Verde National Park Entrance and Mancos State ...
Elouisa - Refurbished '57 Schoolbus
"mesa Verde Vista" 5 Minutes to Mesa Verde National Park & 35 Minutes to Durango
"mesa Verde Vista" 5 Minutes to Mesa Verde National Park & 35 Minutes to Durango
Mancos, CO
Located in the mountains, this family-friendly vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center, Prater Ridge Trail, and Knife ...
5/5Exceptional! (25 reviews)
Cozy, great views, wonderful host
"Property was inviting, well maintained, super clean. We wanted a place away from other properties and this was it! Hosts were super helpful and welcoming. They provided items in the fridge for us and warm cookies upon our arrival. Above and beyond!"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

"mesa Verde Vista" 5 Minutes to Mesa Verde National Park & 35 Minutes to Durango
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Cortez

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 28, 2020

The town itself seemed nice. Would have been better if I wasn’t still itching all over 郎

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 14, 2020

There were several good restaurants, and places to shop. The people were very helpful and friendly.

4/5 - Good

Anita

Mar 12, 2020

I love the area.

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 2, 2020

I I always like Cortez

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 23, 2020

Was a convenient place between Grand Canyon nathrop Colorado

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 4, 2020

Seemed fine enough for a small city

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