Vacation Attractions in Montezuma

Attractions

Anasazi Heritage Center Museum
The Anasazi Heritage Center is a unique museum, research center and curation facility with exceptional exhibits and a wide variety of hands-on activities that encourage visitor involvement. The Center is adjacent to the 12th century Escalante Pueblo reached by a half-mile nature trail offering a panoramic view of the Four Corners. 27501 Hwy 184, Dolores, CO 81323
(970) 882-4811

Cortez Cultural Center
The Cortez Cultural Center museum displays interpretive exhibits on the Basketmaker and Pueblo periods of the area's prehistoric communities, as well as exhibits on the Ute Mountain Ute, Pueblo, and Navajo tribes. The Center also presents Indian Dances and Cultural Programs during the summer months. 25 N Market Street, Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 882-7082

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is a not-for-profit research and education center that offers day tours and a variety of educational programs that expand a participant's knowledge of archaeology and the ancestral Pueblo people (Anasazi). 23390 Road K, Cortez, CO 81321
(800) 422-8975

Galloping Goose Railroad Museum
The Dolores Depot, a replica of the original Rio Grande Southern Railroad Depot, houses the Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum. Rio Grande Motor Car #5, also known as the Galloping Goose #5, has undergone complete restoration and sits in front of the depot at 421 Railroad Avenue, Dolores, CO 81323.
(970) 882-7082

McPhee Lake
McPhee Lake is the second largest lake in Colorado with over 50 miles of shoreline, several narrow, tree-lined canyons, and cold-water and warm-water fishing. Much of McPhee's best fishing is accessible only by boat in the wakeless areas of the side canyons. McPhee Lake also provides spectacular scenery and wonderful solitude. Dolores.

San Juan National Forest
The National Forest and the San Juan Resource Area provide ideal locations to explore some of southwestern Colorado's exciting cultural and natural history. The district offers hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, four-wheeling and camping from alpine high-country to desert and canyon country. Dolores Ranger Station, 100 N 6th, Dolores, CO 81323
(970) 882-7296

Ute Mountain Tribal Park
The Tribal Park has been set aside to preserve remnants of the ancestral Puebloan culture and is operated as a primitive area to protect the land's cultural and environmental resources. The park's panoramic scenery displays hundreds of surface sites, cliff dwellings, and petroglyphs that have remained undisturbed for hundreds of years. Full and half-day tours are available. Self-guided tours are not permitted. South of Cortez at the junction of Hwy 160 and Hwy 491, (P.O. Box 109), Towaoc, CO 81334
(800) 847-5485

Parks & Monuments

Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park displays fourteen centuries of ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) history in the spectacular cliff dwellings and mesa top sites found throughout the park. Mesa Verde is a World Heritage Site and in 1998 was selected as the #1 historic monument in the world by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine.Cortez/Durango.
(970) 529-4465 or 529-4461

Hovenweep National Monument
Hovenweep National Monument contains six ancestral Puebloan sites characterized by their unique square, oval, circular, and D-shaped towers. Hovenweep, located just an hour west of Cortez, is a favorite spot for those who want to experience the tranquility of visiting remote archaeological sites.Cortez.
(970) 529-4465 or 529-4461

Mancos State Park
Near Mesa Verde National Park. Quiet camping and excellent trout fishing.
(970) 882-2208

Ski Areas

Cross Country Skiing
Some of the best and most unusual cross-country skiing is available in Montezuma County. Chicken Creek Ski Area has 30 miles of groomed double track trails. Virgin snow in the Dolores River Valley provides excellent cross-country skiing, and the loop drive at Mesa Verde, overlooking Cliff Palace, is open to cross-country skiiers in the winter. Cliff dwellings tucked under a cliff-top blanket of snow are a truly spectacular site.

Downhill Skiing
Located midway between Telluride and Purgatory, Montezuma County provides a great location to take advantage of both resorts. Our location also provides a perfect opportunity to participate in other winter activities or hike in the warmer canyons and enjoy our sunny days. Selected lodgers in Montezuma County offer low-cost lodging/lift ticket packages with Telluride.

Scenic Drives

Plan Your Vacation to Witness Nature’s Special Events

  • Desert areas are in full bloom by late April or early May, while high alpine tundra is still snow covered.

  • Wildflowers in an amazing array usually peak in July when the high country becomes fully accessible.

  • Fall colors generally peak in mid or late September, working their way down the slopes until late October.