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Cortez is a small city in the Rocky Mountains state of Colorado. It is in the general vicinity of Mesa Verde National Park, Hovenweep National Monument and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

Get in[edit]

  • 1 Cortez Municipal Airport (CEZ  IATA) (south of town off US 160/US 491), +1 800 554-5111. Has flights from Denver and Phoenix with Boutique Air. There are also seasonal flights to Telluride. Cortez Municipal Airport (Q1657799) on Wikidata Cortez Municipal Airport on Wikipedia

The airport also has two rental car places:

Get around[edit]


  • The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is near Cortez. A not-for-profit organization, 170-acre research center and "living classroom" dedicated to involving the public in the study of archaeology and native American cultures. Offers experiential education programs for students and adults.
  • 1 Hawkins Preserve. Hawkins Preserve (Q5685171) on Wikidata Hawkins Preserve on Wikipedia
  • 2 Yucca House National Monument, +1 970 529-4465. Free. Yucca House National Monument (Q602414) on Wikidata Yucca House National Monument on Wikipedia




  • Francisca's Fine Mexican Food, 125 E. Main St, +1 970 565-4093. M-Th until 8PM, F-Su until 8:30PM. "Fine" may overstate it, but the basic Mexican offerings (most with a New Mexican twist) are acceptable and reasonably priced.
  • Stonefish Sushi & More, 16 W. Main St. Amazing sushi and super friendly staff.
  • Main Street Brewery. On the main strip, this pub has their own microbrews which are very good but go there for the awesome murals and their cheeseburgers. They raise their own beef and the result is just amazing.


  • Koko's Friendly Pub, E. Main.



  • 1 Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, +1 970 882-5600. An array of Native American archeological sites. Canyons of the Ancients National Monument (Q183185) on Wikidata Canyons of the Ancients National Monument on Wikipedia
    • 2 Canyons Of The Ancients Visitor Center & Museum. It's recommended to go to the visitor center to orient yourself and check current conditions before heading to the national monument. Features archeological sites and exhibits on archeology, history, and Native American cultures. Anasazi Heritage Center (Q4751788) on Wikidata Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum on Wikipedia

Go next[edit]

  • Canyons Of The Ancients Visitor Center & Museum and McPhee Reservoir
  • Dolores has attractions including the Dolores River and The Galloping Goose Historical Museum
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Hovenweep National Monument
  • San Juan Scenic Skyway
  • Durango has its attractions, including the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
  • Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park, which also operates the Ute Mountain Casino
  • Four Corners Monument, located southwest of town on US-160, this is where New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah meet at the same point. People like to get on their hands and knees so that they can touch all four states at once. Entry fee is $3. The monument closes at 5PM.
Routes through Cortez
Tuba CityFour Corners  W  E  Mesa Verde N.P.Durango
ENDMonticello  N  S  FarmingtonGallup

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