Things To Do
We supply a dining guide in our rooms that includes all restaurants in Cortez. There is an Arby’s and Sonic on either side of the hotel, and a Popeye's.
On Going Events – Free to public, Native American Dances Programs and Western Heritage Programs. Located at the Cortez Cultural Center
- Mesa Verde National Park - Consist of 5 individual sites, there are 3 guided tours that are a must, and you can hike around the all the sites. If you can’t hike you can see much of the park from the paved roads.
- Canyon of the Ancients National Monument - Includes Hovenweep National Monument & the Lowry Pueblo Ruins also Sand Canyon Trail System. The Anasazi Heritage Center is the Museum for the Hovenweep Ruins. The ruins above the heritage center overlook McPhee Lake.
- Lowry Pueblo - Has one of the best kiva’s here in Canyon of the Ancients National Monument.
- McPhee Lake - Is the second largest body of water in Colorado, Offers great boating and fishing for rainbow trout, Kokanee salmon, small mouth bass, black crappie, walleye and catfish. Marina with fuel and boat slips. There are four other lakes within ½ hour of Cortez.
- Hawkins Preserve - has 122 acres including walking & biking trails here in Cortez
- Crow Canyon Archaeological Center - Participate in a real archaeology dig! Take a free tour.
- Four Corners National Monument - Is the only place in the United States that you can be in four states at the same time. With Navajo artisans selling their hand made goods, along with Jewelry, pottery and Navajo foods.
- Arches & Canyon Lands - These two attractions are a two hour drive from Cortez.
- Extensive Mountain Bike Trails - There are 12 different trails and loops to explore. The best mountain bike trails in the southwest.
- Scenic Hiking Trails - There are 19 different trails, starting at about 5,000 feet to over 12,000 feet in elevation, from Easy to Difficult. Geyser Spring Trail (FST # 648) is only 2.5 miles around trip and is the only true geyser in the state of Colorado. Eruptions vary, thirdly to forty minute intervals are most common. Rico hot springs one mile north of Rico on edge of Dolores River.
- San Juan Skyway - (Million Dollar Highway) the most scenic road in the southwest; Often called the golden triangle from Cortez to Silverton down to Durango and back to Cortez. This drive gives you great views scenery that goes on all during your whole drive.
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Ute Mountain Tribal park Cliff Dwellings & Casino - Guided Tours to the cliff dwellings.
- Durango Train - When you stay a night here get 5% off your Train Tickets, for the Silverton Narrow Gage Railroad.
- San Juan Gems Rock Shop - For the rock hound in you. This shop has a great display of gems and stones to choose from.
- Vineyards - Guy Drew & Sutcliffe – You can enjoy a tour through the vineyards along with wine tasting to enjoy.
- Micro Brews - Several Breweries located here in Cortez.
- Conquistador Golf Course - Offers an excellent municipal golf course, 18 challenging holes.