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One Day Just Isn't Enough: Summer Fun in Cortez, Dolores & Towaoc

One Day Just Isn't Enough: Summer Fun in Cortez, Dolores & Towaoc
3 days

Stargazing at stunning Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites, sampling the bounty of local producers at verdant farms and ranches, epic fly-fishing on the Dolores River — there’s so much to see and do in Mesa Verde Country.

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 Visitor Center and Museum

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The Anasazi Heritage Center is a museum of the Ancestral Puebloan (or Anasazi) culture and other Native cultures in the Four Corners region. It is also the starting point for visits to Canyons... Read More

Lunch

Mirch Masala

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South Indian restaurant serving lunch and dinner on Cortez's Main Street. Read More

Insider's Tip

Get Expert Fishing Advice: Stop at Dolores Outfitters for the scoop on the best local angling spots and everything you need for a fly-fishing adventure on the Dolores River.
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Fly-Fishing on the Dolores River

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From the top of Lizard Head Pass, the Dolores River flows 241 miles until it empties into the Colorado River. The Dolores travels down in a canyon, past the old mining town of Rico and into McPhee Reservoir near the town of Dolores. The major fishing areas are the feeder streams, the river above the town of Dolores and the stretch below McPhee Reservoir.
Dinner

WildEdge Brewing Collective

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WildEdge Brewing Collective is the newest brewery in Cortez Colorado. Creative beer, local food, great community.

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Insider's Tip

Explore Our Native Roots: The Cortez Cultural Center hosts Native American dances on summer evenings at 7pm (Monday–Saturday, May 30–Sept. 1).
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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
Lodging

Retro Inn at Mesa Verde

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There is a lot to see and do while your in Mesa Verde Country, we are surrounded by National Monuments, Parks, Forests, and Rivers. While at the hotel, remember before computers? Do more than... Read More
Day 2
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

Mesa Verde Farm and Ranch Tours

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Agritourism Tours are now available through the Cortez Cultural Center. Experience the inner workings of today’s farm and ranch life in Mesa Verde Country. Discover what life on a farm is like as you taste the flavor of the region.
Lunch

Blondie's Trophy Room

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Blondies Trophy Room is a restaurant & bar serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with great cocktails. Opening daily at 9am for the best BREAKFAST in town. Read More
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Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park

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Witness a special Native American interpretation of the culturally diverse homelands of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. Spend time with one a Native American Ute guides who interpret history,... Read More

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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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

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
Activity

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Anasazi Heritage Center, BLM

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

Insider's Tip

Take a Hike: The 7-mile out-and-back Sand Canyon Trail travels through a juniper and pinion pine forest to stunning Ancestral Puebloan ruins.
Lunch

Cortez Meat Market

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Beef, Pork, Lamb, and Chickens raised locally on our farm in Lewis, CO. Non-Hormone, Non-GMO, Grassfed, Breastfed. Accepting Orders. Serving Lunch daily featuring our farm-raised meet! Read More
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Horseback Ride with Canyon Trails Ranch

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Located near Mesa Verde, Canyon Trails Ranch offers scenic Southwest Colorado backcountry horseback rides in spectacular McElmo Canyon. Visit ancient ruins and learn the history of the Puebloan people via horseback.
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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Stargazing at Hovensweep National Monument

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Due to its remote location surrounded by the Navajo Reservation and BLM public lands, Hovenweep preserves a primordial dark sky largely unaltered by modernity. In 2014, International Dark-Sky Association certified Hovenweep National Monument as the 17th International Dark Sky Park. Stargazing and exploring the night sky is allowed from the visitor center parking lot and campground only.
Lodging

Kelly Place Bed & Breakfast Lodge and Cabins

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In the heart of the 4 Corners, Kelly Place encompasses 40 acres in the sculpted red rocks of McElmo Canyon at the base of majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain. Canyons of the Ancients National... Read More