Tucked neatly between mountains and desert, Cortez, CO is an intriguing and beautiful place to visit.
Cortez is a place with a rich history. Founded in the late 19th Century, the city of Cortez has become prosperous mostly because of its useful location within the ‘Four Corners’ - a region where the southwestern corner of Colorado, northwestern corner of New Mexico, northeastern corner of Arizona and southeastern corner of Utah meet.
However, it’s Cortez’s ancient history that will get you out of bed and off exploring. Start your experience at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, a 170-acre living classroom and research center situated just outside the city. Here you’ll find artifacts dating back seven centuries or more, as well as lots of information and activities to keep even the youngest of historians interested.
Venture further into the past with a trip to the world-famous Mesa Verde National Park. With over 4,000 archaeological sites and over 600 cliff dwellings of the Pueblo people, make sure you don’t miss Cliff Palace - the largest cliff dwelling in North America.
Cortez itself has a buzzing, friendly atmosphere. Because of its location, the city is a hit with tourists, which means you’ll find all the amenities you deserve both in the city at large and in your comfortable IHG hotel. You’ll be staying in the heart of the action, for a lot less than you might expect when you book an IHG hotel.