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Explore Fall & Winter in Mesa Verde Country

Explore Fall & Winter in Mesa Verde Country
3 days

With four seasons of activities, Mesa Verde Country is a year-round destination. Since Cortez, Dolores and other towns in the Four Corners area enjoy warmer temperatures in the fall than the rest of the state, it's a great time to take in the region's sights. The quieter winter season is another excellent time to visit, when trails and attractions are still open for business but experience fewer visitors.

Sustainability Activity

Travel Like a Local:

 There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.

Day 1
Activity

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Visitor Center and Museum, BLM

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Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum holds a 3.5 million-item research collection. Exhibits interpret the history and culture of the Four Corners region including Ancestral... Read More

Lunch

The River Bar & Grill

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Patio dining on the Dolores River, serving lunch, dinner and drinks. Live music. Read More
Activity

Dolores Outfitters

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We are an outdoor sporting goods store that is also a gas station/convenience store. We do carry diesel and ethanol free 86 and 91 octane fuel for boats, ATVs, and a lot of cars that require it.... Read More

Insider's Tip

Go Off-Roading: Rent a Jeep or side-by-side vehicle from Dolores Outfitters to explore the area's off-road trails. They can also offer advice on all of the best routes.
Dinner

Stonefish Sushi & More

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Delicious sushi rolls, sashimi, nigiri and other specialties. Open for lunch and dinner; happy hour Tuesday through Friday at 4:30pm. Read More
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Dolores River Brewery

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Every community should have a comfortable place to hang out with somebody! Read More

Insider's Tip

Test Your Knowledge: Dolores River Brewery hosts trivia night on Thursday evenings.
Lodging

Critter Mountain Ranch

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Critter Mountain Ranch is a working Alpaca Ranch surrounded by pinion, juniper, and gamble oak. The 1600-square-foot ranch house is on 40 acres with spectacular mountain views. It has two bedrooms,... Read More
Day 2
Breakfast

Dolores Food Market

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Shop Dolores Food Market, your Gourmet Convenience Store with local flair. Discover the Unexpected Gourmet selection of fresh produce, custom cut meat, ready-to-eat deli meals and home-made baked... Read More
Activity

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Visitor Center and Museum, BLM

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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument contains a huge number of... Read More

Lunch

Thai Cortez

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Serving Thai lunch and dinner specialties in Cortez. Read More
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Notah Dineh Trading Co

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American Indian rugs, jewelry, pottery and an extensive display of historic American Indian art and artifacts. Read More
Dinner

The Farm Bistro

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The Farm Bistro is a casual yet elegant farm to table restaurant in the heart of historic downtown Cortez, Colorado. The lunch and dinner menus are comfort food with style, and features locally... Read More

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Sunflower Theatre

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The Sunflower Theatre presents performing arts, musical, cinematic, and educational events to enrich the cultural experience of a diverse rural audience in the Four Corners Region. Read More
Lodging

Baymont Inn & Suites Cortez

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Located off Highway 160 in scenic Southwest Colorado. Take in the sweeping views of La Plata, the Blue Mountains, and Mesa Verde Ridge from your room. Our 100% non-smoking hotel is just minutes... Read More
Day 3
Breakfast

Beny's Diner

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Beny's Diner in Cortez has been serving breakfast and lunch for 13 years. All of our food is homemade, including the hash browns. Read More
Activity

Tai Chi Lessons at Willowtail Springs

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Lee Cloy has 40 years of experience in many types of martial arts, with emphasis on Tai Chi for the last 25 years. As a Master of these arts, and through the combination of his own skills in several styles, Lee’s Tai Chi has evolved into a unique form. He places focus on bringing about healing and regeneration in both body and spirit.
Lunch

Millwood Junction

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Millwood Junction restaurant features great steaks, seafood, and a huge salad bar for locals and Mesa Verde National Park visitors alike. Read More
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Mesa Verde National Park

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We want to welcome you as our guest to the nation's richest archeological preserve, where amazing cliff dwellings and more than 4,000 ancient sites. Read More
Dinner

Olio

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Olio Food and Wine Cafe: features local artists (paintings, pottery, metalworks, etc) and serves delicious cuisine made with local produce - expect a weekly changing menu. Olio also has a unique... Read More
Activity

Mancos Creative District

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Facilitated by a vibrant community of more than 150 artists, the growing downtown Mancos Creative District has eight... Read More

Lodging

Willowtail Springs B&B Cabins

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Take a few extra days with yourself or loved ones, enjoy the extended treasures of this area, plus the fun and the many activities offerred by Willowtail Springs cabins and its surrounding 60... Read More