3 FREE Things to do in Cortez this Fall

Looking for something to do in Cortez this fall? Here are three, fun (and family-friendly) ideas!

Visit the Pipe People on "P"

If you enjoy "oddities" and finding the strange quirks of different towns, this is definitely a MUST see. Located between on County Road P, between roads 25 & 26, are a "community" of mysterious little people all made out of old pipes. Visitors with children, be warned, there are the occasional dark scenes (nothing obscene), but you might want to explain to your children the Wild West was not always a peaceful place.


Hiking in Canyon of the Ancients National Monument - Sand Canyon Trailhead

The trails at Sand Canyon are my favorite places to hike in Cortez. (And fall is an excellent time to hike the canyons with the weather cooling off!) The landscape is beautiful and the history is intriguing. There are lot of ruins to explore and various trails to follow. (You can also bike or ride horses at Sand Canyon.

Make sure you take extra water and a map! There are lot of washes that resemble trails and it's easy to follow the wrong path. Trail maps can be downloaded www.blm.gov

If you want to round out your day with a vineyard tour, both Guy Drew & Sutcliffe Vineyards are near Sand Canyon Trail Head.

Mountain Bike at Phil's World


World renowned mountain biking trails in and around Cortez including Phil's World (just outside of Cortez as you head towards Durango). If you are interesting in the extreme, these spots are definitely worth a ride. Don't have a bike? You can rent some from Kokopelli Bike & Board in Cortez. 

Looking for something a little more guided or need a lesson in mountain biking? We recommend contacting Kat at Tour De Force Biking