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3 Days in Mesa Verde Country

3 Days in Mesa Verde Country
3 days

The towns of Cortez, Dolores and Mancos showcase southwest Colorado's cultural riches and natural splendor and are excellent home bases for exploring the ancient treasures of Mesa Verde National Park.

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
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Balcony House Tour at Mesa Verde National Park

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The one-hour Balcony House tour is one of the most intimate yet adventurous tours at Mesa Verde. A visit to Balcony House will challenge your fear of ladders, heights, and small spaces, and will give you the opportunity to explore the common areas of a mid-sized, 40-room dwelling.
Lunch

Spruce Tree Terrace Cafe

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Patio Dining at its best! Stop at Spruce Tree Terrace Café, located in the heart of Mesa Verde National Park, for favorite American classics and Southwest specialties. Read More
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Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

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The museum displays dioramas illustrating Ancestral Puebloan life. There are also many exhibits of prehistoric artifacts, a chronology of Ancestral Puebloan culture, and other items related to the... Read More
Dinner

Metate Room

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Mesa Verde Metate Room Restaurant received "Award of Culinary Excellence" from the American Culinary Federation Colorado Chefs Association in the area of sustainable cuisine. Colorful Native... Read More
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Cliff Palace Twilight Tour

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Enjoy an intimate, leisurely encounter with Mesa Verde’s largest cliff dwelling. Dramatic sunset lighting will appeal to both amateur and professional photographers as well as those seeking a deeper connection with this extraordinary archeological treasure.
Lodging

Mesa Verde - Far View Lodge

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Far View Lodge is the only lodging inside Mesa Verde NP. Breathtaking views, award winning cuisine, guided tours of Ancestral Puebloan dwellings, invigorating solitude and endless wildlife... Read More

Day 2
Breakfast

Far View Terrace Cafe

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Casual food-court setting features breakfast burritos and omelet station, a yogurt bar, and standard breakfast fare. For lunch, daily specials including our signature Navajo tacos, sandwiches and... Read More

Insider's Tip

Hit the Road: Drive to Mancos, a charming small town with a thriving artisan community less than 10 miles from the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park.
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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

Insider's Tip

Take a Class:

Mancos School of the West offers classes and workshops taught by artistic masters in mediums ranging from iron work to mosaic, photography to fibers, set against the splendid backdrop of the beautiful and historic Mancos Valley.

Lunch

Absolute Bakery & Cafe

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Dedicated to the art of food, the Absolute Bakery & Cafe prepares food from scratch, using only the finest of organic and local ingredients. It's no secret that the burgers taste better because the... Read More
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Trail Ride with Mesa Verde Stables

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Immerse yourself in the cowboy culture of Mancos, Colorado at Mesa Verde Stables. Our experienced guides can take you on any riding adventure that your heart desires. We offer a ranch ride, an all day ride and Ute Mountain Tribal Park rides. Our knowledgeable wranglers will make your experience a true western adventure.
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
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Mancos Brewing Company

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Mancos Brewing Company provides great beer in a relaxed setting . Come in and sit down, order a beer (or a glass of wine) and a bite of food.  We also offer a rotating selection of bottled beer... Read More

Insider's Tip

Catch Live Tunes: Mancos Brewing Company hosts live music on select weekend evenings. Check their events calendar for details.
Lodging

Peaceful Meadows Bed & Breakfast

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We are located in Southwest Colorado near Mesa Verde National Park, just outside the town of Mancos. Situated near the Four Corners area, we are near Durango, Silverton, Telluride, Arches, Moab,... 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
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Cortez Cultural Center

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Programs will include Native American music and flute-playing, art, and other opportunities for in-depth appreciation of Southwestern cultures. Read More
Lunch

Loungin' Lizard

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We are a family friendly restaurant and bar with a chalk board menu that changes often with something for everyone. Read More
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Mancos State Park

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Just off the beautiful San Juan Skyway, this park is one of Southwest Colorado's hot spots for fishing, boating, and camping. Features 32 campsites, 2 yurts and a 225-acre lake. Open year round... Read More

Dinner

Dolores River Brewery

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

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Willowtail Springs, a 60-acre ecological retreat, offers tai chi classes. The serene setting is the pride and joy of Peggy and Lee Cloy, who have poured their artistic hearts and souls into making Willowtail an unparalleled Colorado retreat.
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Willowtail Springs B&B Cabins

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Mesa Verde vacation, adventure in the heart of Southwest Colorado; Abode at Willowtail Springs B&B Cabins; best-kept secret in the area. Private, secluded, elegant lakeside cabins, bass,trout... Read More