Description - The small town of Mancos (population approximately 1,200) is surrounded by
BLM lands, Mesa Verde National Park and the Southern Ute Indian Reservation to
the south. The nearby town of Cortez is the service center for the area.
- Mancos is located eight miles from the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park,
one of the richest archaeological areas in the United States. North of Mancos lies
the San Juan Mountains and National Forest and Mancos State Recreation Area.
The Mancos River leads south through town into the canyon lands. Dolores and
McPhee Reservoir lie to the northwest.
Recreation - Visitors have easy access to Mesa Verde National Park, as well as a host of other
activities including scenic driving, hiking and camping in the San Juan Mountains,
and boating on McFee Reservoir.
Climate - In the summer, daytime temperatures range from 85 to 100 degrees F, dropping
to 55 to 65 F at night. In the winter months, the temperatures may reach a high
of 50 degrees F. Average precipitation is about 18 inches annually.
Mancos lies between Cortez and Durango on U.S. Highway 160 in southwestern
Colorado. Colorado Highway 182 connects Mancos with the small city of Dolores
and the large McPhee reservoir to the northwest.