Cortez to Mesa Verde National Park + ADD NEW ROUTE
21 in Colorado Colorado30 Miles
By The Geezy Rider
on April 1, 2008
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From the town of Cortez, CO, head east on US 160 for 7 miles and then you'll want to turn south into the Mesa Verde National Park (on US 10). You take this all the way into the park where you can explore many different roads ... approximate length of the trip is 30 miles or so.
Highway 160 from Cortez to the park entrance is good scenery. Upon entering the park the scenery greatly improves. With several great vistas down into the valley and towards the Colorado Rockies. Scenery within the park is spectacular including the Cliff dwellings. Be sure to bring camera and lots of water as you will want to climb around the Cliff Dwellings. If there are "oldsters" within the group be sure to check with Rangers first before entering the Cliff Dwelling paths as some of them are very strenuous to climb in and around. Spruce Tree Cliff Dwellings
The road surface from Cortez to the park (8 miles)is smooth all the way with nice scenery. Then upon entering the park there is a 20 mile climb on smooth surface all the way with lots of great curves to maneuver..
Cortez has many good restaurants and there is food up within the park. Since it is only about a sixty mile round trip gas should not be an issue.
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