Seasons - so much to do all year, surely we'll return!
Mancos is a wonderful spot to visit any time of year! And we're here all year to make your visit memorable. Visit Mesa Verde, stay for the Country (area calendar of events)
Spring - the change of season comes when the snows disappear from the Sleeping Ute Mountain—in late April? Maybe May? That’s the signal for farmers to plant and gardeners to go play in the dirt. Spring break draws families back to Mesa Verde. Memorial Day Week -- Celebrating Our Song Indian festival has showcased local artisans for over ten years.
Summer - the outfitters are busy with their pack strings, eager to take folks for a ride or a camping trip. Hiking, Cultural Center sponsored Birding Festival, biking, rafting, fishing, Indian dances are all here in SW Colorado.
July is the best of summer. Each town celebrates an old fashioned July 4th, perhaps a BBQ downtown, music festivals, parades and fireworks. The end of July is Mancos Days, when the school reunions occur. We hope summer thunderstorms begin—which give us superb sunsets. The wine & art festival is in Cortez in August.
Fall - is synonymous with cattle drives (our local "traffic jams") and the incredible golden, quaking aspen throughout the Colorado Mountains. The motorcycle rally is over Labor Day. Expect Balloon Festivals and Fall Festivals in late September. Drive the scenic San Juan Skyway, which tours you through some awesome fall color. Fall is also hunting season: deer, elk, and turkeys all have special hunting seasons.
Winter – the weather that skiers look forward to and delight in! There is skiing at Telluride and Purgatory for the downhill folks (about an hour and half drive). Stay with us and ski Telluride one day, Purgatory the next and Wolf Creek the third. Here at 7000+ ft., folks enjoy cross country skiing. Take a walk in the woods with long, skinny skis on your feet. Chicken Creek is a groomed area between Sundance Bear Lodge and Mancos. Dog sled racing is growing in popularity.
Mesa Verde is open all year. and open to hiking, snow-shoeing, or cross-country skiing. Snow is usually followed by bright sunshine and blue sky. Perfect picture taking at the Cliff Dwellings. The night sky is majestic -- the stars are unbelievable! And the December Open House is a fantastic way to kick off the Christmas holiday.