- Mancos is located eight miles from Mesa Verde National Park, which is one of the richest archaeological areas in the United States. North of Mancos is the San Juan National Forest and Mancos State Recreation area.
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.
This small town (population approximately 1,200) lies between Cortez and Durango on U.S. Highway 160. The Mancos River leads south through town into the canyon lands. Mancos is surrounded by BLM lands, Mesa Verde National Park and the Southern Ute Indian Reservation to the south. The San Juan Mountains and National Forest lie to the north.