Guided Nature Hike @ Hawkins Preserve


Our easy walking tour of Hawkins Preserve tells the story of the original inhabitants of southwest Colorado. We learn how they lived, what they ate and why they left. You will see, touch and taste the plants of the southwest and visit a 1,000 year old Pueblo ruin.

Highlights Include:

  • Short tour of the Cortez Cultural Center

  • Guided walk around a beautiful preserve on the southwest side of Cortez

  • A fun, engaging tour guide with stories of local history, ecology and biology

  • Sweeping views of Mesa Verde National Park, the La Plata mountains and the Sleeping Ute Mountain

  • Enjoyable treat at the end of the tour

Important Information

TOURS MEET at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 North Market Street in Cortez, Colorado. There’s lot’s of street parking nearby and behind the Cultural Center.

Please arrive 5 - 10 minutes before your tour. There is a museum and gift shop in the Cultural Center that you are welcome to investigate after checking in with your guide!

Water & snacks are provided, and our guides always carry extra sunscreen & emergency supplies, but we suggest brining extra water, a hat, and sunscreen. We will be walking outside and it can get hot and dry in the summer!

IF YOU ARE LATE call or text 970-739-0625 as soon as you can.

About Hawkins Preserve

Hawkins Preserve, a 122-acre tract of land within the southern city limits of Cortez, was donated to the Cortez Cultural Center by Mr. Jack Hawkins in the 1990s. The Preserve is a valuable asset for the residents and visitors of Cortez because of the accessibility to an environmental setting, the diversity of plant and animal species, and historic and prehistoric cultural resources. The Cortez Cultural Center manages the preserve in partnership with Montezuma Land Conservancy and the community of Cortez. It is a favorite spot for dog walking, lunch-time strolls and bouldering (with the proper permits).

What Makes it Great

A morning walk always starts your day off right! With majestic views of the La Platas, Sleeping Ute Mountain & Mesa Verde above, and Hawkins Preserve makes for gorgeous landscape photos! The multitude of plant life at Hawkins showcases the biodiversity in the southwest area. We also visit the ruins of a prehistoric pueblo and learn more about the people that once lived in Montezuma County.

Who is Going to Love it

The adventurer who wants to learn about the area before they heading out on their own. Guests looking for a shorter tour, but with lots of information and things to see. This tour is great for families, and amateur botanists, geologists and archeologists!

What to Expect

Tours start at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 North Market Street in Cortez. After a short drive, guests will walk between 2.5 - 2 miles over relatively flat, but uneven terrain. Bring a camera and keep an eye out for wildflowers, cactus and the occasional animal! Make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes and extra water.


Tours Meet

@ The Cortez Cultural Center

25 North Market Street
Cortez, CO, 81321
United States


Tour Details

Start Time:

March - May: Saturdays @ 1 PM

June - July: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday @ 10 A.M. ; Wednesday & Friday @ 1 PM

August - October: Saturdays @ 10 AM

Duration: 2-2.5 hours

Cost: $25 per person

What’s included: transportation to and from Hawkins Preserve, a fun and knowledgeable guide, engaging history of Cortez

Sales deadline: 9:00 AM on the day of the tour

Tour size: 14 people maximum

What to wear: Weather-appropriate clothes and comfortable shoes

What to bring: A bottle of water and a hat or umbrella; sunscreen; jacket; cash for gratuities and souvenirs

Weather conditions: Tour takes place rain or shine

Distance: 2+ easy miles with plenty of rest stops

Meeting point: Cortez Cultural Center, 25 North Market Street

If you’re late: Call/Text 970 - 739 - 0625