Dining, Shopping, and Outdoor Attractions in Mancos
A special thanks to the
Mancos Valley Visitors Center for this information!
Absolute Bakery & Cafe - Come dine in the 100-year old Bauer Bank building. An eclectic setting with eclectic food, from fresh baked goodies to full entrees, soups, salads and sandwiches. Coffee bar, box lunches, bookstore, and local art. 110 S. Main at the River. (970) 533-1200
Columbine Bar - Established 1903, one of Colorado’s oldest continuously operating bars. A drinking and eating establishment serving local brew and eclectic food. Pool, darts - live music most weekends.123 West Grand Ave. (970) 533-7397
Fahrenheit Coffee Roasters - Fresh roasted beans by the pound. Espresso bar pours fresh strong brew beginning at 6:30 M-F. Pick up a breakfast burrito to go and you're on your way! 121Railroad Avenue, in the back of Zuma's. (970) 533-7300
Kennebec Cafe and Bakery -
Elegant dining in the La Plata Mountains.
and Dinner dining with full bar and extensive wine
list. Event Facility and Full Service Catering. 4
County Road 124, Hesperus. (970) 247-5674
Mancos Pizza Company- 280 E. Frontage Road #2. Delicous pizza, subs, calzones and a fresh salad bar.(970) 533-1390
Millwood Junction - Locally owned restaurant. Great food, daily specials, outside dining available, full bar, and call for info on concerts. 101 West Railroad Avenue. (970) 533-7338
Zuma Natural Foods - Espresso bar, breakfast burritos, homemade soups, salads, sushi rolls to-go and much more. Free wi-fi. 121 Railroad Ave. (970) 533-7300
Arborena - Wine bar and cafe. Contemporary art
gallery and wireless internet in historic downtown
Mancos. 114 W. Grand Avenue. (970) 533-1381
Art of the Southwest - Local Artisans capture the
charm of the Southwest with pyrographic images on Mancos
grown gourds. Each an orginal hand done piece of art.
P.O Box 87, 277 E. 1st Street. (970) 533-7627
Artisans of Mancos - "Art in the Heart of Mancos,”
featuring regional artists working in wood, photography,
painting, sculpture, pottery, calligraphy, jewelry,
literature, arrowheads, stained-glass and much more. 101
Grand Avenue. (970) 533-7040
Beehive - A unique gift store and full service spa.
128 Grand Avenue. (970) 533-9769
Buffalo Hand Made - Buffalo,
elk and white tail deer are used for our beautiful
hand-crafted gloves, pillows and accessories. Zuni and
Navajo jewelry. Upholstery, special orders. 245 N.
Main Street. (970) 533-1003
- Photography! Framed and matted prints, photo
cards, and other requests. (970) 533-9068
Gallery at Boyle Park (and
Mancos Body Works Gym) - Custom leather, organic coffee
bar, women's consignment clothing and used bookstore.
233 Park Street. (970) 739-9518
Goodnight Trail Gallery of Western Art - Presenting
the Finest of Paintings, Sculpture, Photography, Custom
Saddles, Jewelry and Navajo Rugs by Artists of
Distinction whose work reflects the landscape, wildlife
and heritage of the American West. 100 West Grand
Mesa Verde Elk Ranch - 43930
Hwy 160. (970) 533-7059 or email
P&D Grocery - 280 East
Frontage Road #5. Food, produce and bakery goods; even
a personal butcher. (970) 533-7932
Raven House Gallery - A fine
art gallery featuring the watercolors and pottery of
Marilyn Kroeker and the photography of Steve Sykes. 120
W. Grand Avenue. 970-533-7419
Up the Creek Antiques -
Antiques, collectibles, consignment, Christian gifts,
books and items of the west. 410 N. Beech
Views of The Valley -
Photography for family and friends' events; birthdays,
weddings, anniversaries and reuniions. Community events
and social gatherings. Greeting cards and landscapes of
the Four Corners area. (970) 533-7841
Mesa Verde National Park. The Park contains one
of the world's best collections of cliff dwellings. It
is one of the most popular attractions in the Southwest
and is unique because it preserves the beauty of nature
and the works of early man. Previously referred to as
the Anasazi, the Ancestral Pueloan's thrived in the
region from 600 to 1300 A.D. They then disappeared
leaving behind fascinating historical relics.
(2) Hovenweep National
Monument. Hovenweep is west of Mancos towards
the Colorado-Utah border. The ruins at Hovenweep are
over 700 years old. Be sure to check with a ranger about
visiting the outlying ruins. There are two routes to
Hovenweep, South through the red rock beauty of McElmo
cayon or north on Hwy 666 to Pleasant View. The lower
ruin, west of Pleasant View, known for its great kiva
and painted wall, is a fascinating bonus on this trip
into the past.
(3) Ute Mountain Tribal Park.
This park offers a personal experience for the visitor
in the ruins just South of Mesa Verde. All tours are
hosted by the Ute Indian guides who will interpret the
archaeology of the Park and the history of the Utes as
you take this trip back in time. The mystical feeling of
this tour allows you to feel as if you are amongst the
first to walk on the ancient pathways. Reservations are
necessary. Call 1-800-548-5485 x 282.
(4) Anasazi Heritage Center
and Dolores Overlook. This day trip odyssey
begins with the
Anasazi Heritage Center, (970) 882-5600, the
sourthwest's state-of-the-art museum. It is a large
research and artifact storage facility for the study and
interpretation of the Anasazi culture. This is a "must
see" for Mesa Verde Country visitors. Continuing west
on Hwy 484, turn North on Hwy 491 to the South edge of
Dove Creek, then East to the Dolores Canyon Overlook,
eleven miles to the Northeast. The spectacular views of
the winding Dolores River Canyon and the mountain ranges
of Southwest Colorado and Southeast Utah surprise the
visitor with their beauty. This is the Grand Canyon of
Colorado! It is a 1/2 mile deep, red-walled canyon with
the Dolores River far below, winding its way north to
the Colorado River.
(5) Upper Dolores Valley-
Rico, Dunton, The Meadows. The headwaters of
the Dolores River are high in the San Juan Mountains
near Lizard Head Pass. This is a lazy day trip which
takes the visitor through Dunton, a turn of the century
gold-mining town. You pass through the meadows and tall
Aspens to meet Highway 145 above Rico. This trip puts on
a great fall show.
(6) McPhee Lake.
McPhee, the second largest body of water in Colorado,
offers all the pleasures of excellent fishing, boating,
water skiing, camping, hiking and relaxing. There are
fisherman access points, boat ramps, picnic and camping
and recreation areas all around the lake. McPhee is just
a few minutes from Mancos and offers a quick getaway
anytime of the day. What a wonderful way to experience a
Colorado sunset. The lake overlook offers you a 360
panorama of four states and several mountain ranges.
Nestled deep in the San Juan Mountains, is a leisurely
hour and a half from Mancos on Hwy 145 via Hwy 184.
Telluride offers a wonderful day's worth of history and
adventure for the whole family. Telluride is a National
Historic District located in a box canyon surrounded by
towering peaks. Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank
there, but there's more than history; Telluride hosts
music, art, film, food, balloon, hang gliding and even
mushroom, and photography events and festivals over the
course of each summer. Nature puts on her own show
during the colorful Fall festivals hosted in this
spectacular mountain town.
(8) San Juan Skyway.
This 236 mile loop takes you through the heart of the
San Juan Mountains through old mining towns and back to
Mesa Verde Country. From Mancos, you can take the loop
either way, passing through Durango, Silverton, Ouray,
Ridgeway, Telluride, Ophir, Rico, Dolores and Cortez.
This is an excellent way to capture the grandeur of
(9) Monument Valley and The
Four Corners Monument. Drive West into John
Wayne country and visit the majestic and mysterious rock
formations that form the Valley of the Navajo. The
geology is fascination and will make your trip even more
interesting. A film crew in the valley is still a common
sight. There are two routes to the valley; both have
exciting trips to them. Four Corners Monument, the only
place in the United States where four states meet, is a
"must stop" to take pictures of each other while
standing in four states.
(10) Canyonlands National
Park. Canyonlands is a magical collection of
sinuous red rock canyons dissected by intermittent
stream beds and washes. It's a great place to explore,
whether hiking, backpacking, mounting biking or by jeep.
You'll find ancient ruins, natural arches and
breathtaking vistas. In the Spring or Fall, Canyonlands
is even more breathtaking with the changing of seasons.
There are two entrances to Canyonlands; the first at
Newspaper Rock (an ancient message board), the seond
North of Moab at the awe inspiring Island in the Sky
(11) Arches National Park.
Arches has the largest concentration of natural arches
in the world. Over 1000 natural arches have been mapped
in this park just North of Moab, Utah. Many formations
of red rock sandstone are visible from the 21 mile paved
road. Don't cheat yourself though; the hiking in Arches
is worth the time for the incredible views. An
informative Visitor Center, which is open all year.
introduces you to the Park and it's terrain.
(12) Aztec National Monument,
Salmon Ruins, Chimney Rock. This loop drive
takes you into Northwest new Mexico to explore the ruins
at Aztec national Monument in Aztec, NM and the Salmon
Ruins near Farmington, NM. On the return journey, you
can relax at Navajo Lake which straddles the
Colorado/New Mexico border on the Southern Ute
Reservation. Further North on Hwy 151, you'll find
Chimney Rock archaeologoical ruins.
(13) D & S Narrow Gauge Railroad.
historic train along the Animas River and into the
San Juan backcountry wilderness for an unforgettable
adventure! Located at 479 Main Avenue, Durango. 970-259-0274.