Against the desert west of
Mesa Verde, Mancos continues its long tradition as a ranching
community. Here cowboys still herd cattle on horseback, and log
cabins, ranch houses, weathered barns, and horse corrals dot
peaceful hills and fields.
The town of Mancos is
located in southwestern Colorado, near the Four Corners, at the
base of Mesa Verde National Park, halfway between the towns of
Durango and Cortez. Surrounded by rangeland and mountains, the
town offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities.
Mancos offers travelers
many adventures including stream and lake fishing, hiking, biking,
horseback and stagecoach rides, and other wilderness sports. A
visit to the Pioneer Museum provides an opportunity to experience
life as it once was. A historic walking tour of the community goes
past Victorian homes and local shops with wares that would have
been as popular a hundred years ago as now -- western clothing,
antiques, native arts, and cowboy hats.
One of the most fun
diversions in town is a stagecoach ride with the Mancos Valley
Stage Line. It's a way to get a real taste of what this mode of
travel must have been like.