Mesa Verde Country Invites Travelers to Consider Southwest Colorado on National Plan For Vacation Day, January 30
Cortez, Colo. –Remarkably, Americans have stockpiled 662 million unused vacation days. But National Plan for Vacation Day (#planforvacationday), sponsored by Project: Time Off, encourages Americans to plan their vacation days for the rest of the year on Jan. 30. As travelers map out their 2018 vacations, Mesa Verde Country says “It’s About Time” they consider the Southwest corner of Colorful Colorado. Here’s what Mesa Verde has in store for various traveler types.
Mesa Verde Country boasts over 600 miles of mountain bike trails through sagebrush, slick rock and old-growth forest. Phil’s World Trail System is one of the most popular in the Southwest, and Geyser Spring Trail ends at a small pool that’s fed by the only true geyser in the state of Colorado. There are over a million acres to explore in the San Juan National Forest, and the second-largest lake in Colorado, McPhee Reservoir, is also located in Mesa Verde Country. Here, adventurers can experience the new McPhee Overlook Trail that follows the rim of the reservoir. While hiking, peek into the water to look for the ghost town buried beneath the water. For guided adventure, there are special sunrise tours of Balcony House in Mesa Verde National Park, as well as back-country hikes. The nine-mile Wetherill Mesa Bike & Hike Adventure ranger-guided trek explores the quiet side of park. At the Ute Mountain Tribal Park there are solstice tours in the winter and rugged adventure tours in the summer. Rock climbing, kayaking and rafting are other popular activities for thrill-seekers.
There are many local foods and regional flavors to experience in Mesa Verde Country. Several restaurants specialize in serving local, sustainable cuisine. From organic smoothies to comfort food and creative fusions, Mesa Verde Country restaurants have something to satisfy every taste. Summer farmers markets offer one-stop shopping for local flavors, including grass-fed beef, fresh lamb, eggs, baked goods, prepared foods, handmade artisan products and seasonal produce. Mesa Verde Country also has two wineries – Guy Drew Vineyards and Sutcliffe Vineyards. If suds are more your speed, there are five craft breweries in Mesa Verde Country – Dolores River Brewery, Main Street Brewery, Coyote J. Brewing Company, Mancos Brewing Company and the new WildEdge Brewery in Cortez.
RV’ers & Campers
Mesa Verde Country appeals to campers and RV’ers because of its family- (and dog-friendly!) nature and consistently pleasant temperatures with highs in the 70s from spring through fall. “Roughing it” also enables travelers to get closer to the wildflowers, wildlife and other wonders of nature. Mesa Verde Country backs up to over a million acres of San Juan National Forest, hundreds of miles of trails, and the second-largest lake in Colorado, McPhee. The geography is extremely diverse in Mesa Verde Country – from high desert alpine terrain to desert-scapes and farmland. Camping options are equally varied – from public land, campsites and a KOA to quirky rentals of an Airstream, yurt or cabins.
The spectacular mountains, mesas, and canyons of Mesa Verde Country and the Four Corners region have been home to Native American communities for several thousands of years. The archaeology left behind is on full display in Mesa Verde Country. Mesa Verde National Park is just the beginning. There’s also Hovenweep National Monument, Lowry Pueblo, Ute Mountain Tribal Park and Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, which offers hands-on archaeological digs. The Anasazi Heritage Center and the Cortez Cultural Center also feature amazing archaeology.
There’s a whole contingent of travelers who plan their trips around festivals and events, and Mesa Verde Country has some great ones to consider! Some of the top events include the Ute Mountain/Mesa Verde Birding Festival (May), Dolores River Festival (June), Native American Dances (throughout the summer/fall), Mancos Beer Festival (August) and the Harvest Beer Festival (September). To view the entire event calendar, go here.
To learn more about planning the perfect trip to Mesa Verde Country, go to www.mesaverdecountry.com.