About Cortez

When you drive into Cortez, you have reached the "Heart of Southwest Colorado." It is also the gateway to Mesa Verde National Park, one of the most popular places to visit in the region. The are surrounding Cortez features the La Plata Mountains to the east, the Great Sage Plain to the southwest, and the Ute Mountains to the west.

Cortez Chamber of Commerce: (970) 565-3414


Elevation: 6,200 feet
Population: 8,448
Midsummer Temperatures: 88/53
Economic Mainstays: Farming and ranching
Location: 45 miles from Durango