Cortez Travel Guide

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Cortez Things to Do

  • Be in Four States at once

    One of the geographically unique things about Southwestern Colorado is that it borders three other states in a single place, the Four Corners. They have signified this landmark by created a little monument to the occasion (the only place in the US where this happens). Interestingly enough, this also exists on an Indian Reservation as well, so the...

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  • Hovenweep National Monument

    Hovenweep was an interesting situation for us. While we were visiting Mesa Verde, the park ranger mentioned on multiple occasions a few additional archaeological sites in Hovenweep that were worth looking at. On the map, it appeared that Hovenweep would be just a couple miles off the highway where we were staying. So we decided to make a small...

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  • Mesa Verde National Park

    Cortez is the closest city to Mesa Verde National Park, which my wife will tell you is her favorite of the National Parks. It is located in Southwestern Colorado, and is fairly isolated from the rest of the state by the Rocky Mountains. Cortez is located about 15 miles from the Park HQ, and about 9 miles from the Park Entrance, so I am sure it is...

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Cortez Restaurants

  • Great Home Cooking and Nice People

    $10 as of July 2013 . I was not feeling that well when I checked in to the Super 8 in Cortez so I looked for a place really close to eat. In the information in my room they showed Jack and Janelle's Country Restaurant about three blocks away and a barbecue place a block closer. I opted for the country place. The first thing I noticed was an average...

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  • Great Italian Food

    The crappy motel I stayed at has a restaurant associated with it. Talk about night and day. Obviously all the money and effort go into the restaurant. Nero's has a fairly varied menu of Italian dishes (but no Veal Parmesan). Decor is okay. The weight staff was efficient and professional. Be advised though it is NOT cheap! Try the excellent Shrimp...

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  • Quick Food in your car

    During our trip to Cortez, we had a little mix up on the side trip to Hovenweep National Monument, so we were running late for Anna's bedtime. Rather than force the baby to stay up while we eat, we decided to just make a stop at Sonic. What made this restaurant interesting, was that the burgers had the option to have green chile added to them. I...

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Cortez Nightlife

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    by ATXtraveler Written May 3, 2009

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    There is so much to do during the lighted hours in and around Cortez, that I would definitely recommend getting some rest during the evening hours. We went through the downtown area close to closing time, and we did not see much open, so we can not provide any further information.

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Cortez Transportation

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    by ATXtraveler Written May 3, 2009

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    Cortez is one of the locations that you should definitely consider driving to, as there is no public transportation to and from it, and the closest airport is quite a ways away. If you are traveling in from Arizona, you will take Highway 161 in from the Four Corners area. If you are driving from Utah, there are many different roads, and if you are coming in from New Mexico, then you will likely take it north from Farmington or Aztec.

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Cortez What to Pack

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    by ATXtraveler Written May 3, 2009

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: April in this part of town can be a mixed bag for weather. There were a couple days on our trip where it was absolutely beautiful, and other days it was pretty cold. The ranges were from close to freezing (37 degrees F to very warm 79 degrees F.

    I would recommend bringing something for warmer weather, and also a rain coat and a wind breaker.

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Cortez Off The Beaten Path

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    by morgandk Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Four Corners, the only place where four states meet. Get down on you hands and knees and visit four states at once.

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