If you’re an outdoors enthusiast, then you definitely want to keep reading this article to learn about a play ground for all who love camping, fishing, hiking and nature in general. Located in beautiful Montezuma County, Colorado, Mancos is nestled right in the middle of some extraordinary mountains where visitors have access to fishing, camping, mountain biking and hiking.

Mesa Verde National Park in March, 2016, Colorado

Approximately six miles west of Mancos is where the Mesa Verde National Park is located. Guests will stand before ancient cliff dwellings that consist of mystery and spiritual wonder, meant to leave them in awe. The extraordinary Mancos also retains its pride in the rich historical background of its buildings on the National Historic Register. Also offered to visitors is the downtown business district which is home to several art galleries, restaurants, a distillery, a unique coffee house and one of the best, most famous bars in the whole state of Colorado.

So what else is there around Mancos that makes it unique? Read on to find out…

Discover the Ute Mountain Tribal Park

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If you’re looking to experience the history and culture of the area, you can get a tour with a native guide who will walk you through the 125,000-acre park’s cliff dwellings, pictographs, surface ruins and artifacts.

Live the Cowboy Dream 

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Why not take a western adventure horseback riding up a mountain? Guests are welcomed to taking a ride from one hour to multiple days for riders of all experience levels.

Browse Authentic Handcrafted Art & Pottery

Native art and pottery doesn’t get more authentic anywhere else! Check out some of the most beautiful handcrafted art and pottery in any of the Mesa Country galleries or trading posts. Most of these places have been owned and operated by the same families for generations.

Go for a Bike Ride

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With over 600 miles of singletrack mountain biking, how can you not take advantage of it?. The Phil’s World Trail System has about 60 miles that include the famous, rollercoaster-like Rib Cage trail.

Hike, Bike, Fish & Camp

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Now we’re getting to the good stuff…the main attraction on property – the hiking, biking, fishing and camping! The San Juan National Forest covers about 1.8 million acres in southwest Colorado which is everything every nature lover could ever dream about.  Boat and fish along the Dolores River or McPhee Reservoir and leave wanting to come back for more.

Have you been to Mancos? Tell us about your experience in the comments!

Explore Mancos, Colorado on your next trip out west.