Elevation: 6,190 ft
GPS: 37.349, -108.59 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: W Cambel on Mar 26, 2020
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

The greater Mesa Verde region of southwest Colorado is a beautiful part of the Four Corners. While many people pass through en route to Mesa Verde National Park or destination areas like Durango and Moab, the Montezuma Valley and its towns of Cortez, Mancos, and Dolores have a lot to offer folks who want to stop and explore.

In addition to visiting the numerous natural and cultural sites throughout the region (e.g., Canyon of the Ancients or Ute Mountain Tribal Park), the mountain biking mecca of Phil's World is arguably the biggest outdoor draw in the area. A number of scattered climbs can be found throughout the region though, and while not world class crags, these areas are great for locals looking for a quick session (or visitors looking to spice things up).

Getting There

Cortez is located in southwestern Colorado at the junction of US Highways 160 and 491. Cortez is a 45 minute drive west of Durango, CO along US-160, 2 hours south of Moab, UT along US-191/491, and 4 hours northwest of Albuquerque, NM along US-550/491.

Local Resources

Climbing Resources:
While there are a couple of bike/ski shops and an general outdoor supply store (High Desert Life Outdoors & Exchange) in Cortez, there are no shops that reliably carry climbing gear as yet. The nearest gym and stores with climbing equipment are in Durango.

Food/Drink Resources:
There are several good restaurants in the various towns, as well as numerous breweries. Some of the most enjoyable include:
Cortez:
WildEdge Brewing Collective
- Main St Brewery & Restaurant
Mancos:
- Mancos Brewing Company
- Fenceline Cider
Dolores:
- Dolores River Brewery

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