There is more to a holiday in the 4 Corners than a day at Mesa Verde — much more! Mesa Verde is the only national park dedicated to human culture and history – but near by are Monument Valley, Zion, Arches, Bryce, Canyon de Chelley and more natural beauties. So don’t begrudge us one park for culture!
But we are forever reminding our visitors that they need to plan ONE MORE DAY to really get the flavor of the Colorado portion of the 4 Corners. Mancos and Durango have credentials as art communities. They are also known for all the folks who love – I mean really LOVE – to ride bikes of every type. As the weather warms up and the trails dry out, the number of bike events will grow exponentially.
Here is a sample of what Spring means. First – it snowed this week. And may do it again. That’s what April is!
Rosie Carter art remains on exhibit at Olio’s on Grand. Stay for a wonderful dinner in this art gallery, wine bar and small restaurant. Guests cannot believe that Mancos has a restaurant of this incredible quality. They often compare it to eating out in Santa Fe.
Want to learn more about fungi? The folks at San Juan Mycology will outline their summer workshops at a meeting April 7 at the Mt LookOut Grange (6p.m.)
There’s food at the Columbine Bar each Fri 4-8 p.m. and Sunday 2p.m-7p.m. Play pool or darts and make yourself at home! The Bine is essence of small town. Cowboys on horseback are not common in the bar any more!
On the second Sunday of each month the Mt LookOut Grange hosts a community potluck. If you play an instrument, bring it along to contribute to the entertainment for the evening. Visitors often ask “what do the locals do?” and this is one of the answers!
April 12 The second annual Spring HoeDown comes to town – great for the whole family – 5-11p.m. in the historic opera house. Multiple bands for square and line dancing. Wine and beer available as a fundraiser for three local projects. Tickets only $15 for adults (18 and older).
April 23 (6:30p.m.) A Story to Tell and a Song to Sing. Novelist John Wright and Singer/songwriter Marilyn Kroeker offer music and a reading at the Cortez Cultural Center.
April 26 is the 20th annual Pueblo to Pueblo run/bicycle event. Registration is on the web www.cortezculturalcenter.org. You choose among a half marathon run, a 5k run/walk, and a 50 mile bicycle event! The events symbolize ancient communication between pueblos – before the invention of iPhones.
The local Mancos Valley Chorus begins the spring performance season on May 4 (3:30p.m.) and May 9 (7p.m.)at the Methodist Church in Mancos. Our neighbors are very talented people! The chorus is superb and plays to standing room only audiences.
May 7-11 The Annual Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival provides a popular venue for visiting southwestern Colorado during the second weekend in May. Nestled between alpine and mesa forests and scenic desert canyons, the Four Corner’s intriguingly diverse landscapes, and mild climate, have drawn people to the region for generations. The festival draws upon the expertise of regional wildlife specialists who volunteer as tour guides and guest lecturers. Each year new tours, and repeat favorites, explore an array of birding hotspots that attract avian species. One new tour this year is in Mancos at three B&Bs: Sundance bear, Willowtail Springs and Flagstone Meadows.
May 17 is the Cowboy Half Marathon organized by the Mancos Project, a local running club. www.cowboyhalfmarathon.com for details.
Memorial Day Weekend – a Native American celebration of Art called Celebrating our Song. Art show, rug auction and more at the Cortez Cultural Center. In Durango it’s the Iron Horse Race where the bicycles race the steam train from Durango to Silverton. Highway 550 is closed in the A.M. and the bikes take over! (It snowed this weekend once, too!)
June – a peek –
The Great Mancos Arts Round-up and Studio Tour —on June 14 – local art studios will be open to visitors. Another astounding look at the talent of our neighbors! Photos, wood turning, bronze, painting, jewelry, glass – Mancos has it all.
On your visit to Mesa Verde, save time to take a peek into the flavor of our community. Wonderful art – incredible food – spectacular scenery. Hike, bike, horseback ride through the San Juans. Get wet river rafting or fishing. Sit down long enough to relax, hear the birds, and marvel at the colors of a western sunset. We enjoy it all year long and are happy to share it with our visitors!