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Nestled between the La Plata Mountains, Sleeping Ute Mountain and Mesa Verde’s distinctive, iconic silhouette, Cortez, CO features more than 115 acres of beautiful parks and trails, a peaceful golf course, family-oriented and adventure-based municipal parks and a taste of western culture.
In the Four Corners region, where the borders of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet at a single point on the map, this area also offers excellent options in camping, eateries from simple casual to gourmet, and historic trading centers. You’ll love visiting this area in your own mobile accommodations. Book an RV in Cortez, Colorado, today!
It’s hard to imagine a corner (literally) of the country as stunning and mysterious as the environment that surrounds Cortez. A popular stop for tourists, Cortez is centrally located between famous sites such as Mesa Verde National Park, Monument Valley, and the Four Corners landmark.
In addition to the ability to tour this area in your Cortez rental RV, this area is becoming more and more popular for mountain biking, due to the popularity of Phil’s World, an expansive trail system built by and for mountain bikers.
Cortez is THE place to explore western prehistory, and the entire Cortez area is listed on the Colorado State Register of Properties as well as the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to world-renowned Mesa Verde, there are several other must-visit sites to see in your Cortez rental camper, including Hawkins Pueblo and cliff dwellings, Yucca House National Monument, and Hovenweep National Monument.
The Cortez area is also known for its scenic trails and byways. For awe-inspiring and humbling vistas, take your Cortez RV rental on the San Juan Skyway National Scenic Byway. You’ll make your way through the incredibly colored San Juan Mountains, passing through historic mining towns like Durango, Silverton, Telluride and Ouray. This scenic drive is considered a must-do. Check travel and weather conditions before you set out in your Cortez rental motorhome, especially if you’re taking a big rig.
The Old Spanish National Historic Trail and Trail of the Ancients are other gems that you can visit. Take in the sacred land and history of this area, walk the same pathway as explorers and prehistoric peoples, all within a day’s drive in your Cortez, CO motorhome rental.
Closer into town, Denny Lake Park, just off Highway 160 on the east side of Cortez, is a great place for a more casual outdoor experience. Kids will love the playground, there are shelters for picnics, a fishing area with dock, and a serene mile-long walking and jogging path. Parking is plentiful here for your Cortez travel trailer rental.
A visit to Cortez is not complete without exploring one or more of the wonderful archaeological centers in the area. Right in the city is the award-winning Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, which lives up to its mission to empower present and future generations to make our human history accessible and relevant through research, experiential education activities, and honoring American Indian knowledge. Other area centers include the Anasazi Cultural Center and the Cortez Cultural Center. Each celebrate a distinctive history and experience, and are well worth your time.
For recreational activities in the city of Cortez, there are many lovely city parks and other places to relax. A favorite spot among locals and tourists is the Conquistador Golf Club, an 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course. You can enjoy cool-weather summer golf on a course that will challenge players of every skill level.
City Park, on Main Street, is the oldest of Cortez’s many parks and features beautiful mature shade trees, a playground for the kids, sand volleyball, park shelters and picnic grounds, and a stage where there are often concerts and plays. Check the Cortez Parks and Recreation calendar for more information.
With so many national forests, state lands, and tourist camping opportunities, you’ll find plenty of places to park your rental RV near Cortez. There are also several private RV parks in the city area, and also in the surrounding landscape, so you can enjoy the convenience of home-style amenities, surrounded by the beautiful vistas of the San Juan Mountains. There are plenty of places to pick up camping supplies, groceries, conveniences, and to fuel up. A Walmart Supercenter is located on Main Street.
For a relatively small town, Cortez offers an impressive variety of food options if you want to get a bite to eat. Restaurants range from farm-to-table style bistros to Mexican and Southwestern cuisine. Of course, you can always find a great steak or burger. This area also boasts several microbreweries and local vineyards and wineries. Thai and sushi are also available. The weekly seasonal (June thru October) Cortez Farmers Market features local produce, live music, a children’s story hour and a different local organization highlighted each week.
Start planning your Mesa Verde National Park adventures today, and book your Cortez rental RV now!