Welcome to Cortez & the Four Corners
Cortez is replacing its strip malls and rifle shops with natural food stores and upscale sport shops, putting a new sheen on the old-time downtown. With good reason: its location 10 miles west of Mesa Verde National Park and 40 miles from the Four Corners makes it a logical base with quiet appeal. Mountain bikers will covet the hundreds of great singletrack rides nearby. For those intrigued with ancient ruins, the Ute Mountain Tribal Park is an interesting foray into lesser-known sites. The downtown has some thriving businesses: three great restaurants on just one city block proves it. The surrounding desert is also a pleasure, with surprises like archaeological sites and the occasional desert winery.