Welcome to Mancos
Trademarked the "Gateway to Mesa Verde," the surrounding rangeland and mountains provide endless outdoor recreational opportunities. Founded in 1894, the town of Mancos is known for its small-town ambiance and rich historical past. The town is located in southwest Colorado, between Durango and Cortez on US 160. It's located just five miles away from the entrance of Mesa Verde National Park and about 40 miles northeast of the Four Corners Monument. Mancos exists primarily as an agricultural community. Several of the buildings in town are on the State and National Historic Registers, including the historic Mancos Times-Tribune building that has been recently renovated back to its original glory.
What to Love
- Spending the day in nature at Mancos State Park
- Historic buildings and a rich past
- Visit the local artist shops
Surrounded by rangeland and mountains, Mancos provides residents with an abundance of outdoor recreational activities. Today, Mancos is home to approximately 1,300 residents from all walks of life and background. The town is home to everyone from retirees to young families to nature enthusiasts, who are all united by the town's strong sense of community. With a quiet and laid-back atmosphere, Mancos offers residents a much-needed respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Due to its proximity to outdoor attractions, the town has become a hub for tourists who are drawn to the cool summers and snowy winters.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Whether you're new to town or simply passing through, no trip to Mancos is complete without visiting the downtown district. The historic downtown stretches over a couple of blocks and is lined with art galleries, restaurants, and local shops. In addition, you will defiantly want to visit the Artisans of Mancos, an artist-owned and managed cooperative. Nineteen fine artists display their art and share in the gallery's daily operations.
In addition, Mancos offers farm-to-table restaurants, farmers' markets, coffee roasters, and one of the oldest operating bars in Colorado called Columbine Bar
Start off your morning with a pastry from Absolute Bakery & Cafe
, located on Main Street. This family-owned eatery utilizes the freshest, seasonal, organic ingredients to create unforgettable dishes. Then, for an enjoyable evening out with friends, check out Mancos Brewing Company
. This local watering hole provides excellent beer in a relaxed setting. Meanwhile, Fenceline Cider & Wine
is another great place to unwind while you enjoy a glass of wine or cider. The taproom and patio are where locals and visitors gather to relax, taste local food truck fare, and enjoy live music.
Things to Do
The farmers market runs from June to October and consists of local vendors selling goods, artwork, and live music. Finally, be sure to join in the fun at the celebration of Mancos Days
during the last full weekend of July with parades, kids and adult games, sports tournaments, live music, vendors, and more!
The abundance of outdoor attractions means there's always something to do in Mancos. Fishing, hiking, camping, bicycling, and horseback riding are all part of the norm. For a day of exploration and adventure, check out Mesa Verde National Park, located just five miles to the west of town. If you're looking for something closer, Mancos State Park
is a haven for year-round recreation and retreat in the mountains of southwest Colorado.
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