Many consider Cortez the cultural center of Mesa Verde Country. Strong agricultural traditions and Native American heritage characterize this town, located in the valley that is shadowed by Mesa Verde. Ancient cliff dwellings, cowboys and farms mingle harmoniously below the surrounding mountains.

Experience the inner workings of today's farm and ranch life in Mesa Verde Country and discover what life on a farm is like as you taste the flavor of the region. Experience first-hand how farmers live and work the land to produce crops and other crafts from their hard work. Learn how agriculture has shaped Montezuma County, Colorado, all the while taking in the beauty of this high desert topography. See ancient and historical sights and lunch in this gorgeous high desert country while connecting with the local agriculture and the people who call it home. All of this can be done by taking an Agritourism Tour offered through the Cortez Cultural Center.

For those interested in the historic district of Cortez, download the following Historic Properties Survey which details information on 22 properties within the original townsite of Cortez. The survey was conducted by Woods Canyon Archaeological Consultants for the Cortez Historic Preservation Board.

  • Survey of 22 Properties witin the original Townsite of Cortez (PDF 3.5 MB)
  • ➠ Online Source through Google Slides

  • Visit the following nearby attractions:
    Cortez Cultural Center
    Street view.
    Cortez Cultural Center
    Side view of building mural.
    Hawkins Preserve
    Patrick's Point towards Sleeping Ute Mountain.
    Photos by EMKotyk