Area Activities

Southwestern Colorado is a great place for outdoor sports and activities. The region is home to Mesa Verde National Park and the San Juan Mountains Montezuma County offers a variety of opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, biking, rafting, and skiing. The eastern edge of the County is home to the La Plata Mountains and continues westward into High Desert. The westernmost boundary of the county features Sleeping Ute Mountain and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

From Biking to Skiing to River Rafting, Enjoyment for the Entire Family

For those who want to share the discovery, the excitement, and the fun of adventure travel with the entire family – Southwest Colorado is the place to be.

Southwest Colorado is a beautiful and diverse region with a wide variety of outdoor activities to offer families of all ages. No matter what your interests are, you’re sure to find something to enjoy. So get out there and explore!

Snow Sports Adventure
Cortez

Elevation: 6,191′
Population: 8,855 (2021)

Downhill Skiing
Dolores

Elevation: 6,936′
Population: 904 (2021)

Ski Racing
Mancos

Elevation: 7,028′
Population: 1,221 (2021)

Montezuma County

Adventures Begin Here

Hiking / Biking

Aqueduct Trails: a recently opened non-motorized trail system (e-bikes OK) two miles NW of Mancos

Boggy Draw: a complex of hiking and biking trails near Dolores

Phil’s World: two sections of hiking and biking trails just outside Cortez

Sand Canyon Trail: a few miles west of Cortez is a 6.5-mile trail (one-way) used mostly by hikers and mountain bikers

National Parks

Mesa Verde National Park: visitor center, ruins, guided ranger walks, hiking trails, scenic drives, overlooks; off Highway 160 7 miles west of Mancos

Canyon of the Ancients National Monument: museum, ruins, sculpture garden, nature trail, McPhee Reservoir overlooks and more in Dolores

Yucca House National Monument: an unexcavated Montezuma Valley Ancestral Pueblo site

Sports & Rec

Cortez Recreation Center: gym, pools, weight room, handball, tennis, indoor track. (**Note: A number of private gyms in the area are also opening pickleball courts.)

Baseball, Softball, Golf and Soccer: scheduled summer games and tourneys in Cortez

Skiing: Nordic Skiing in Mancos at Chicken Creek and Mesa Verde National Park (at campground) and Downhill Skiing in Hesperus, CO.