Mesa Verde Country Invites Travelers to Embrace “Micro Trips” in Southwest Colorado This Winter
Cortez, Colo. – Micro travel – short, yet experience-rich vacations – is a trend that’s expected to continue through 2020. Mesa Verde Country invites weekend warriors to look to Southwest Colorado for their next mini-getaway. Mesa Verde Country is drive-distance from Denver, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, Phoenix and Las Vegas. And thanks to the addition of Boutique Air at the Cortez Municipal Airport, air travel is a breeze from Denver and Phoenix right into Cortez and the heart of Mesa Verde Country.
Outdoor adventureMesa Verde’s archaeological sites are stunning with a dusting of snow, and some are even accessible by cross-country skiing or snowshoeing for an unforgettable winter adventure. Thrill-seekers can pick up the pace on snowmobiles, though they may want to slow down to catch sight of local wildlife such as elk and deer. One of the nation’s top mountain biking destinations, fat biking is a wintertime option growing in popularity. Visitors who don’t want to lug their own bikes can gear up at Kokopelli Bike & Board in downtown Cortez.
Digging deeperSeveral thousand years ago the Native American communities began to inhabit the spectacular mountains, mesas, and canyons of Mesa Verde Country and the Four Corners Region. There are several sites to explore their dwellings as well as centers for learning. The Canyon of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum features many hands-on and interactive experiences. Don’t miss the largest collection of Native American arts and crafts in the Four Corners Region at Notah Dineh Trading Co. & Museum., established in 1961.
Food for foodiesFarm-to-table, locally grown, fresh, sustainable cuisine – visitors shall not want for delectable dining options in Mesa Verde’s rural region. The Farm Bistro and La Casita de Cortez are in Cortez, while Absolute Bakery & Cafe and Olio are in Mancos. Keep an eye out for food trucks as well for quick, yummy meals served in a trendy fashion. And for the home chef, there’s even a winter farmers market offering fresh local ingredients. The Four Seasons Greenhouse Winter Farmers Market is open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays until mid-March.
Drink localVisitors will enjoy more local flavors sipping on the brews, wines and ciders in Mesa Verde Country. The area boasts two wineries – Guy Drew Vineyards and Sutcliffe Vineyards. Additionally, there are five craft breweries in Mesa Verde Country – Dolores River Brewery, Main Street Brewery, Coyote J. Brewing Company, Mancos Brewing Company and the WildEdge Brewery in Cortez, which also features cider. Fenceline Cider | Outliers Cellars also has a taproom in downtown Mancos featuring ciders made from local apples.
More than a place to sleep The amazing places to rest and retreat after a day of exploring in Mesa Verde Country can make a short trip feel that much more restorative. Cozy cabins, RV parks, Airstreams and yurts provide unique and fun digs. There are also accommodations that add local character like guest ranches and bed-and-breakfast spots, including Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch and Kelly Place.
About Mesa Verde Country (www.mesaverdecountry.com)
Mesa Verde Country is in southwest Colorado near the entrance to the magnificent Mesa Verde National Park. The nearby towns of Cortez, Dolores, and Mancos provide accommodations, dining, outdoor fun and visitor services. Named the “Number One Historic Monument in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler and one of the "50 Places of a Lifetime-The World's Greatest Destinations” by National Geographic, Mesa Verde National Park is one of the nation’s first World Heritage sites and the largest archaeological preserve in the country. Two national byways pass through Mesa Verde Country. In addition to the National Park, Mesa Verde Country is loaded with other archaeological attractions: Hovenweep National Monument, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Ute Mountain Tribal Park, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, the Anasazi Heritage Center and the Cortez Cultural Center. Mountain biking enthusiasts have recognized Mesa Verde Country as one of the next great mountain biking destinations.
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