Cortez Colorado is the most ancient stop you’ll make on the San Juan Skyway tour.
Montezuma County has been settled since about A.D. 600 when approximately 100,000 Pueblo Indians made this area their home. Today you can explore the archaeology of the first settlers as well as the arts and culture that still bears their imprint.
Cortez also has great networks of mountain biking trails, hiking trails and terrific fishing. The cowboy culture from more recent eras is still alive and well, and you can experience it firsthand at the Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo, the 86th annual event and a professionally sanctioned rodeo.
The region also offers agritourism opportunities, where you can see dry land beans such as the unique old cultivar Anasazi bean or visit some of the lovely modern wineries in the McElmo Canyon and Montezuma Valley.