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21   in Colorado Colorado30 Miles

Motorcycle Roads Cortez to Mesa Verde National Park

By The Geezy Rider
on April 1, 2008

4.3out of 5

5 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

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.

Scenery

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

Road Quality

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..

Roadside Amenities

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.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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By CVO Dave
on February 9, 2013 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson CVO Ultra Classic

Motorcycle Type Touring

Very Nice ride. Rode this in July 2012. It was very hot and the amenities are few and far between. The Park Rangers don't joke either. Passing on a double yellow line is highly frowned upon. Although it was only an $50 fine. He did proceed to tell me if it wasn't paid in 21 Days,they'd issue a warrant for my arrest.

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By DgoMountie
on July 16, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1998

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Expect summer traffic.
Early summer or fall is the best time to avoid crowds.

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By skutertrash
on August 21, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make Harley sportster

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

A really great ride! Amazing views and great roads. Lots of traffic while I was there but that's to be expected in any national park.

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By Guest
on October 7, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

THE RIDE THRU MESA VERDE IS NICE, CURVY, GOOD ROAD. TAKE TIME TO VISIT THE CLIFF DWELLINGS, EVERY YEAR THE PARK SERVICE RESTRICTS MORE AND MORE OF THE ACCESS THRU OR TO THE RUINS. THEY ARE TALKING OF CLOSING OFF MANY IN ORDER TO PRESERVE AND PROTAECT THE RUINS.

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By Guest
on August 27, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

We made the trip in late July (East-West). The lower elevations were very warm but the roads were great on a motorcycle. Mesa Verde was interesting and tourist friendly. If heading West out of Cortez, recommend leaving early as rooms are not plentiful in Kayenta, AR.

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