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Old 03-21-2010, 02:06 PM
Location: Utah
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Hello! I will be in Cortez 2 full days toward the end of May on a leisure trip. I know one of the days I plan on going to Mesa Verde, hiking and exploring. The other day I wanted to head out the 4-corners area.

I know Mesa Verde is an all day thing and I am not worried about that day. However I wanted some suggestions to fill the day I plan on going to the 4-corners area. Anything suggesting places to see or places to hike, thanks.

Also I am sure there may not be much of a night life there. Are there any good places to get a drink in Cortez thanks.
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:31 PM
Location: Durango, CO
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If you are thinking of spending the day around the four corners monument itself, be aware that it's not much to see and is pretty isolated. We went once and it was worth about 45 mintues...

I'm sure you can find something in Cortez proper, but if you're willing to travel 12-15 miles, Dolores River Brewing is a pretty decent place. Just check their hours before you go.
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Old 03-21-2010, 09:05 PM
Location: mancos
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not sure but they recently located the real four corners with gps and it was under const. bout 12 miles away so id pass unless you get an update. got a picof me with my limbs in all four states from the 70's that is no longer valid. lots of good restaurents and nitespots in Cortez to hit. be sure to check out the visitor center. one of the best entering Co lots of local info books etc. enjoy
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Old 03-21-2010, 09:19 PM
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A couple suggestions here for you ryjb. The Anazasi Heritage Center is worth the trip. It is not far from Cortez, actually located closer to Dolores, I'm guessing 12 miles away. Admission is quite reasonable, I think the price is just a few dollars. It is definitely worth your while. Phone # is 970-882-5600. It provides a good overview on the history of the Anazasi Indians, the archaeological features in the area, etc. As you're new to the area, go there first. You'll be glad you did.

The Hovenweep National Monument is northwest of Cortez off hwy. 491, straight west of Pleasant View. It doesn't get the traffic and the publicity, but it is a very interesting group of ruins. Lowery ruins, Cutthroat castle, and Escalante are the most noted ruins in the area. As you're traveling there in late May, the roads in and out of there should be fine.The National Park Service has updated their website on the monument. I think you would really enjoy it.
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Old 03-22-2010, 11:58 AM
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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You can try fishing the Dolores river.
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