Near Cortez in Montezuma County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Mesa Verde Country
Six ancestral Puebloan villages dating to around A.D. 1200 can be visited at Hovenweep National Monument although only Square Tower Sites are easily reached. The other sites are more remote and are not accessible by car.
Formed in 1984 Crow Canyon Archaeological Center offers visitors an to assist professional scientists through an innovative program of 'Hands on' archaeology.
The Trail of the Ancients Scenic and Historic Byway runs through land once inhabited by the ancestral Puebloan peoples. The 114-mile route across arid terrain is laden with clues of this former civilization.
Before the Dolores River was dammed to create the McPhee Reservoir, archaeologists worked for eight years to record the places and artifacts that would be lost under water. Many of the artifacts are on display at the Anasazi Heritage Center near Dolores.
The San Juan Skyway Scenic and Historic Byway tours the magnificent San Juan Mountains, scene of a bustling silver rush in the 1880's. Along the route are the National Historic Districts, Mesa Verde National
The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a restored nineteenth century narrow-gauge train, steams through the beautiful scenery of the San Juan Mountains.
The Southern Ute Cultural Center is a gallery and museum in Ignacio featuring the history, art and the culture of the Southern Ute people.
Covering 125,000 acres and centered along 20 miles along the Mancos River, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park preserves numerous ancestral Puebloan sites. Visitors, who must be accompanied by Ute Mountain guides, are able to explore those seldom-seen treasures.
In the heart of downtown Cortez, the Cortez Cultural Center contains ancestral Pucbloan artifacts, turn of the century Ute bead work, and hands-on exhibits. The center also presents Native American dances during the summer. The Center is open year round
The cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park has long been a source of wander and amazement. The park is opened year round, but several sites are closed during the winter.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Parks & Recreational Areas • Railroads & Streetcars • Roads & Vehicles.
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 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. Southwest Survival (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.
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