Near Cortez in Montezuma County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Even with the technology of the twenty-first century, this is not an easy land to master. Surviving here with first-century technology required toughness, ingenuity, and faith. The extremes of temperature and scarcity of water helped shape the culture of ancient populations; they, in turn, brought their culture to bear on the land. From the sixth century on, local populations
Left: Black and-white pottery found near Cortez. The pottery styles, from left to right, are Piedra, Cortez, and Mancos, and all date between A.D. 900 and 1100. Colorado Historical Society
Right: Using efficient and ingenious techniques, the ancestral Puebloans were able to create a sustainable agricultural system that lasted for over a thousand years. Courtesy National Park Service
Erected 1998 by Colorado Historical Society and Colorado Department of Transportation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Environment • Native Americans.
Location. 37° 21.195′ N, 108° 26.623′ W. Marker is near Cortez, Colorado , in Montezuma County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 160, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located in the Sleeping Ute Mountain Rest Area about six miles east of Cortez. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cortez CO 81321, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mesa Verde Country (here, next to this marker); Four Corners (here, next to this marker); Cortez (here, next to this marker); Water is Our Story (approx. 3.3 miles away); Greening the Valley (approx. 3.3 miles away); Water Technology (approx. 3.3 miles away); Preserving the McElmo Creek Flume (approx. 3.3 miles away); Mancos Valley (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cortez.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 23, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.