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4.25 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.25
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Cortez to Mesa Verde National Park

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Apr 01, 2008

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CVO Dave
48 McR Points
February 10, 2013
Very Nice ride. Rode this in July 2012. It was…
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DgoMountie
33 McR Points
July 16, 2017
Expect summer traffic.Early summer or fall is the…
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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

Drive Enjoyment

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..

Tourism Opportunities

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.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

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CVO Dave
February 10, 2013
48 McR Points
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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DgoMountie
July 16, 2017
33 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Expect summer traffic.
Early summer or fall is the best time to avoid crowds.
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skutertrash
August 22, 2014
82 McR Points
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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