Top 10 Things to do in Mancos, United States

September 23, 2017 Velvet Mowry

The Town of Mancos is a Statutory Town located in Montezuma County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 1,336 at the 2010 United States Census.
Restaurants in Mancos

1. Majestic Dude Ranch

42688 County Road North, Mancos, CO 81328 +1 800-325-9462
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5 based on 76 reviews

Majestic Dude Ranch

A family-owned and oriented guest ranch nestled high in the pristine wilderness of the San Juan Mountains and just 35 minutes from Durango, CO. Since 1956, Lake Mancos Ranch (now re-named the Majestic Dude Ranch) has been offering our guests a home away from home in the Colorado mountains 35 miles west of Durango. A week-long, all-inclusive dude ranch vacation provides families with a lifetime of memories, whether that means long rides on a mountain trail, guided mountain bike tours, hikes in the neighboring national forest, catching a rainbow trout along the banks of a cool stream, lake or river, or just relaxing by the fire with friends.

Reviewed By Ri D

My granddaughter wanted to spend time with horses and not just for a day or two.I came across majestic dude ranch and boy am I glad I did!It was out of this world from the staff(always willing to do whatever to make you comfortable and happy to the activities they provided at no extra cost. Our accommodation was great, very clean and tidy with a selection of free snacks (that were replenished daily)... the views from the cabin were great with masses of wildlife coming up close (Humming Birds, Mule Deer etc). The week we stayed there were a lot of guests, mostly families and everyone (particularly the children) really got on well... nothing too forced but lots of encouragement for joint activities (team challenges, table tennis championship, long trail rides). Daily activities were also great with opportunities to fish, ride, bike, shoot etc the quality of kit for all these activities was great... really good mountain bikes, fly rods, lots of horseback rides and even a petting zoo.the miniature horses were a big hit with the kids.They would lead them around for hours and even ride bareback.. Again the staff were fantastic with nothing ever being too much trouble and everyone always trying to go out of their way to help.There was plenty of food breakfast{lots of berries}a wide choice hot and cold,lunch and dinner{prime rib,trout etc. corn dogs,and if you didn't like something they would go out of their way to fix something you did like. (and great free snacks and drinks all day - brilliant for the kids)There was a hot tub perfect for after ride aches and pains and a pool {outdoors of course}I was injured and couldn't do much participating in the activities but I enjoyed watching and the staff helped in anyway they could(including driving in to town for motrin my granddaughter is ready to move the entire family there.The kids have a lot of freedom(there are counselors and other staff around to keep them safe}I didn't believe it when they said-YOU COME IN AS INDIVIDUAL FAMILIES AND LEAVE AS ONE HUGH FAMILY.This was by far the best vacation I have ever had and well worth the money and if we ever get the choice to do it again we will.The only thing I would change is to fly in instead of driving.Minnesota flat driving doesn't compare to Colorado mountain driving

2. Rimrock Outfitters

12175 C.r. 44, Mancos, CO 81328-9211 +1 970-533-7588
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5 based on 31 reviews

Rimrock Outfitters

Come on a horseback trail ride in Colorado's San Juan Mountains! Crystal clear western skies let you see Colorado's spectacular La Plata Mountains to the east. To the west, the view includes the world-famous Mesa Verde National Park and the Sleeping Ute Mountain! Ride horses with us in the La Plata Mountains. Guided horseback rides are near Mancos, Colorado, between Durango and Mesa Verde National Park. High alpine wildflowers and wildlife abound! Rimrock Outfitters offers your family an authentic cowboy experience, the best vacation adventure in the country! Rimrock Outfitters adventures include breakfast and dinner rides, camp and pack trips, carriage, wagon, and sleigh rides! We now accommodate larger groups such as family reunions and corporate retreats. Perry and Lynne continue to add a personal touch to the horseback rides by conveying a warm, friendly attitude toward each of their guests.

Reviewed By coloradocowgirl2016 - Mancos, Colorado

Rimrock was recommended by my Vet because they take good care of their horses. I took my in-laws and their kids for a trail ride and it was obvious that safety was a number one priority with them. They had good, well behaved stock, good...MoreThanks so much for riding with us, and we're glad you had a good time. That means a lot to us. Lynne

3. Mesa Verde Stables

5964 Road 41, Mancos, CO 81328-8957 +1 970-533-1570
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5 based on 10 reviews

Mesa Verde Stables

Immerse yourself in the cowboy culture of Mancos Colorado. Located less than 10 miles from Mesa Verde National Monument Mesa Verde Stables offers a Ranch Ride, All Day Ride, and a Ute Tribal Park Ride. Our Knowledgable wranglers will make your experience a true western adventure.

Reviewed By Chinaglo - Houston, Texas

This place used to be called Rustlers Roost, signage still calls it that along the way.
My husband and two teenage daughters loved the 2-hour ride. My husband said it was the best horseback ride he’s ever taken. We are not riding enthusiasts, probably been 20 times in our lives. But they all loved the scenery, the friendliness of their guide, Scott . It was a gorgeous day for a ride and just a perfect setting. Only bad thing was my husband got a bad sunburn...but that’s his fault. Would definitely do again.
I (the mom) don’t ride, but Scott told me to go into Mancos , which I did. Spent about an hour and a half. Picked up lunches for everybody at Absolute Bakery...pretty good, not great. Thought the bread was a little hard. The art gallery next door on the corner has some nice things which are actually quite cheap. Locally made, so I bought a couple things. I feel like I got good value for the money.

4. Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center

Montezuma County, Mesa Verde National Park, CO +1 970-529-4465
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4.5 based on 179 reviews

Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center

Reviewed By Dmarkwind - Kansas City, Missouri

This visitors center was added since the last time we were here (it opened in December 2012). It’s big and modern, and I appreciate the LEED certification for energy efficiency. It’s a nice place close to the park entrance with exhibits, information, and a nice gift shop. I like that you no longer have to drive over to Spruce Canyon 20 miles on the other side of the park to see if there’s room in pueblo tours. You now book tickets for Cliff Palace, Balcony House, or Long House here. Unfortunately, we got here too late to book the Long House tour we had hoped for. Exhibits at the center are meant to help visitors plan their park visit and offer glimpses into the daily life of the Ancestral Puebloan culture. Other exhibits highlight the building’s energy-saving and sustainability features; the modern descendants of the Ancestral Puebloans; and the park’s museum and research collection. Which reminds me that while this new museum is interesting, the old-school Chapin Mesa Museum over at Spruce Canyon contains a lot of information and is not to be missed. One other element of the Visitors Center I want to mention is the art. Out front, there’s an awesome sculpture of a climber, while inside, there are several original sculptures. So while this park commemorates an ancient way of life, the perspectives of modern artists on the people and landscapes of Mesa Verde are also reflected.

5. Mancos State Park

42545 County Rd N, Mancos, CO 81328 +1 970-533-7065
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4 based on 22 reviews

Mancos State Park

Reviewed By Bob19512014 - Clearwater, Florida

Very few people in the park. My wife and I hiked the trail all the way around the reservoir. Not a pretty day temperature-wise. We loved the clear water, the campsites, the many restrooms, the views, the wildlife. It was a very peaceful experience.

6. Dave Sipe's Folk Art

7763 Road 38, Mancos, CO 81328-8906 +1 970-533-7518
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5 based on 5 reviews

Dave Sipe's Folk Art

Reviewed By SueIsrael - Israel

Dave and Nancy are the real deal at their studio workshop - Huge selection of fun, whimsical, and serious art. Sculptural figures, furniture, signs, abstracts and more! Custom or onsite tree carving.
We bought 3 pieces and took them home abroad - this was one of the highlights of our trip around the National Parks

7. Spruce Tree House

Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, CO +1 970-529-4465
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4.5 based on 549 reviews

Spruce Tree House

Reviewed By stinkwink - Sydney, Australia

In 2015 Spruce Tree House was closed for the public, because of rock falls.The loose material was removed but the concerns of other rockfall remained, so Spruce Tree House the third biggest dwelling in Mesa Verde still closed. However behind the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum is a viewing platform, from where Spruce Tree House can be seen. For awhile we have to be happy with this possibility. As long as there is no solution to the reinforcement of the unstable rock, we can only admire this 800-year-old cliff dwelling from a distance.

8. Kilgore American Indian Art

100 W Grand Ave, Mancos, CO 81328-9268 +1 970-533-9138
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5 based on 3 reviews

Kilgore American Indian Art

Kilgore American Indian Art is a collection of vintage and antique American Indian art and jewelry built upon the roots of a Navajo reservation trading post. After spending much of her youth immersed among the ways of the Hopi and Navajo cultures, Kelly Kilgore is able to offer her unique expertise to your shopping experience.

Reviewed By dennisjunesr - Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

When a dealer claims longevity like thirty years AND seems to know what's up, ya gotta give respect. These guys know just about everything about Indian arts and have great goodies to prove it. Give them your attention - recommended!

9. Four Corners Horseback Adventures

34989 Highway 160, Mancos, CO 81328-8742 +1 623-695-3301
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5 based on 1 reviews

Four Corners Horseback Adventures

The team at Four Corners Horseback Adventures has been providing premier horseback experiences across Arizona and Colorado for over two decades. Over the years we have specialized in everything from dude ranch management to events like weddings, parades, and festivals. Our rides can be tailored to work for all ages and levels of experience.

Reviewed By David R - Salt Lake City, Utah

Brandon, Jennifer, and Josh were super friendly and accommodating. We went on an hour trail ride in the evening and the views from the trail were incredible. The horses were great for us and our kids including a child that had never ridden before. We...MoreThank you, David! We're so glad that your family enjoyed the experience. We look forward to seeing you all next time.

10. Mancos Valley Chamber of Commerce

101 Bauer Ave, Mancos, CO 81328-9236 +1 970-533-7434
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4 based on 2 reviews

Mancos Valley Chamber of Commerce

Information resource for national and state parks in the region, including Mesa Verde National Park. Information resource for outdoor activities as well shops, hotels and restaurants.

Reviewed By milehighbullet1 - Fort Smith, Arkansas

Don't pass this small town up on the way to Mesa Verde. A walk around the town with the local guide brochure will reward you with a stroll of a true western town. You can feel the code of the west here in Mancos.

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