Mesa Verde National Park is in southwestern Colorado, just under 400 miles southwest of Denver and 252 miles northwest of Albuquerque. The park entrance is on U.S. 160, 10 miles east of the town of Cortez and 6 miles west of Mancos.

From Cortez, U.S. 491 (formerly U.S. 666) runs north to Monticello, Utah (and on to Salt Lake City), and south to Gallup, New Mexico (on I-40). U.S. 160 runs east through Durango to Walsenburg and I-25, and west through the Four Corners area into Arizona. At the east end of town, Colo. 145, which runs north to Telluride and Grand Junction, intersects U.S. 160.

The Nearest Airport -- Cortez Municipal Airport (tel. 970/565-7458;, about 3 miles southwest of town off U.S. 491 and U.S. 160, is served by Great Lakes Airlines, which offers daily service between Cortez and Denver and has rental cars from Hertz and Budget.


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