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Cortez

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As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia. The town of about 8,500 residents also serves as a home base for travelers to the nearby ancient cliff dwellings and hiking trails. The small downtown area has wide, dusty streets lined with wooden and brick storefronts that mimic the storefronts of earlier western towns. Large wooden patios and awnings shade restaurants and souvenir shops, while pueblo-style buildings pay homage to the first people who occupied the area. The town's main industries revolve around tourism and government careers. Cortez is in Colorado (CO). Use our United States road trip tool to arrange the details of your trip to Cortez and other destinations.
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Where to stay in Cortez

Since most people who come to Cortez are tourists visiting nearby Mesa Verde National Park, budget-friendly lodging rules here. You'll find a few motels on the outskirts of the town, but most accommodations are concentrated on the town's main street and consist of popular hotel chains with standard rooms. Those who like the outdoors can choose from several campgrounds and RV parks around the city.
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