At 300 miles southwest of Breckenridge and just 28 miles east of Durango, a Colorado vacation rental in historic, sleepy Mancos offers a true western experience, right near the base of Mesa Verde National Park. You'll be surrounded by canyons, rangeland, mountains and have a wide variety of outdoor activities to choose from when you plan a stay at one of our Mancos vacation homes.
With a rich archaeological heritage, those interested in the area's history will want to spend at least a day (if not more) exploring the Anasazi cliffside dwellings at Mesa Verde, or a day trip to Dolores, to check out the Anasazi Heritage Center. For a glimpse at a more modern era, take a historical tour of the area - many Mancos buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. From your Mancos getaway, head to Rimrock Outfitters and spend the day on horseback, riding through the La Plata Mountains (a small sub-range of the San Juans). Mancos State Park boasts fishing (including yellow perch and rainbow trout) and kayaking on Jackson Gulch Reservoir, wildlife viewing, mountain biking, and in the winter, cross-country skiing.
This part of Mesa Verde Country also boasts gorgeous hiking trails - the Rim Trail just north of town intersects with both the Box Canyon Trail and the Chicken Creek Trail and offers a three mile (one way) moderate hike with gorgeous scenery, especially in the fall when the leaves change to vibrant colors. And if you want to tour the area on four wheels, consider driving some of the "San Juan Skyway" - a 236-mile loop through the San Juan Mountains and the towns of Mancos, Durango, Telluride, and Dolores.
In ski season, Purgatory, the Durango Mountain Resort, about an hour northeast, has both skiing and snowboarding, with an annual snowfall of over 21 feet. In summer, this same resort is home to disc golf, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
Special events that draw visitors to Mancos include an Open Art Studio Tour in June, a Farmers Market that runs June through September on Thursday afternoons, Friday night summer gallery walks, and fall balloon rides. The Sugar Pine Ranch motorcycle rally is also every Labor Day weekend and to all of this you can also add a small, but vibrant downtown with galleries, eateries, a coffee house, and the Mancos Valley Distillery, producers of small batch, hand-crafted rum! When you leave your Mancos vacation home, one thing is sure - you'll have many options!