Introduction to Cortez, Colorado
Located in Montezuma county, the city of Cortez, Colorado, is 178 miles NW of Rio Rancho, New Mexico (center to center) and 190 miles NW of Albuquerque, New Mexico. It has a population of 7,977 residents.
On December 25th, 1886 when logger Mat Hammod settled in the area which would later become the city of Cortez. The area was mainly utilized in providing shelter to the men employed for building of tunnels, irrigation facilities, and laterals for the diversion of water from the Dolores river into the Montezuma valley. The population of Cortez grew steadily when it was discovered that the Montezuma Valley was home to fertile land that could be used to produce abundant crops. The city derived its name from either Hernan Cortes or Fernando Cortez, the Spanish conquistadors.
Cortez and nearby Attractions
- Cortez Cultural Center
- Yucca House National Monument
- Mancos State Park
- Mcphee Lake
- Mesa Verde National Park
Things To Do In Cortez
Cortez offers a large number of activities. A visit to the Cortez Cultural Center introduces visitors to the artifacts of the early days of Cortez, as well as the art of local and regional artists, in addition to being a famous archaeological site. The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center preserves the history of ancestral Pueblo Indians, as well as the Anasazi who lived there 700 years ago. The local park is Mancos State park, which has a separate play space for very young children. The park is surrounded by the San Juan mountain range.
The closest airport to Cortez is the Albuquerque International Airport.
Cortez Higher Education
Some of the colleges in the area are San Juan College, the Fort Lewis College, the Mesa State college, and Western State college.