After driving through the desert terrain of northwestern New Mexico and southwestern Colorado, it was nice to arrive in Cortez. It is located in a fertile area, and numerous crops are grown around the city. Several lakes are in the area, including McPhee Reservoir to the north, fed by the Dolores River.
The town has a lively business district providing a variety of services. There are numerous eating places, including fast food chains and locally owned establishments. Grocery stores include Walmart, Safeway, and City Market. Lodging options are plentiful.
|Realistic mural on the side of the Cortez Cultural Center in downtown Cortez|
|Main Street Brewery in downtown Cortez. Try the Porter|
The town itself is neat, and residents for the most part take pride in maintaining their homes. Yards were lush and green. City parks dotted the little town, and all were well maintained.
|City park near our RV park|
The climate was almost ideal during our stay. We heard many folks commenting about how hot it was, but we enjoyed the days with lows in the upper-40s or lower-50s while daily highs reached the mid-80s or so. We enjoyed being able to sit out each afternoon. Eventually, it got just a little too cool for us, dipping down to nearly 40 for several nights.
During our visit, we were able to enjoy several local events. Since we have to do some grocery shopping and we enjoy fresh vegetables, we visited the local farmers' market.
|Local farmers' market. Guitarist in center is warming up to entertain visitors.|