The Town of Mancos is nestled beneath the magnificent 13,000-foot peaks of the La Plata Mountains with breathtaking views in every direction as well as optimal access to myriad outdoor recreational opportunities. The temperate climate creates ideal growing conditions for our organic farms, ranches, and hayfields in the Mancos Valley.
A stroll down Grand Avenue will delight your senses. Locals nod their “hellos” while you peruse local art galleries and artisan gift shops. Sample farm-to-table cuisine at one of our local restaurants, try an award-winning local beer or hard cider, and sip a cup of fresh, locally roasted coffee. Get a relaxing massage at the Beehive Boutique and Spa, meander along the Mancos River trail, check out a book from our local library, and enjoy the good life.
From its small-town friendliness to unique events including the Burro Fest, Mancos Brew Fest, River Film Fest, the annual Mancos Days celebration, and year-round outdoor adventures, Mancos is a singular destination for those who want to experience a high quality of life, a low cost of living, and work-life balance.
Known as the Gateway to Mesa Verde®, Mancos is just seven miles from the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park. Skiing, fishing, hiking, biking, rafting, and horseback riding are also within a stone’s throw.
Catch a show at the newly renovated opera house, visit the Mancos Common Press, take a yoga class at the community center, and create your own work of art at the Painted Turtle Studio. See welcoming containers full of seasonal flowers, listen to live music at the farmer’s market, and so much more. Guided adventures are available for visitors and residents alike, including archaeology tours, horseback trips, and bike packing.
Experience the sunny days, snowy peaks, and starry night skies of Southwest Colorado. Catch the occasional cattle drive right through town, and you’ll see why many claim Mancos is “where the west still lives.”
Things To Do
Mountains & Forests
La Plata Mountains
San Juan National Forest
Mancos RE-6 School District
The Mancos RE-6 School District sits in the heart of downtown Mancos. The district provides a comprehensive education for students and is a significant source of community pride. The recently renovated high school, constructed in 1909, is the longest continuously used high school in the State of Colorado. The 2018 high school graduation rate was 88.9% which greatly exceeds the state average of 80.7% (Colorado Department of Education).
Mancos area families have access to several providers that offer comprehensive primary and preventative healthcare as well as emergency services. Many local options exist for natural healthcare and wellness providers as well. Additional health-related services include physical therapy, chiropractic care, counseling, and massage therapy. Cortez, just 20 minutes away, provides additional health services as well as a regional hospital.
Whether you are considering in-town living or if you prefer wide open spaces, our Mancos-based realtors are here to help you find the right home for you and your family. Additionally, this relocation guide will help you learn more about Montezuma County and find the resources you need to simplify your next move.
Weather / Climate
The Town of Mancos and surrounding valley enjoy four distinct seasons and more than 245 days of sunshine a year. At an elevation of 7,000 feet, summer temperatures average in the mid 80s, cooling to the high 40s at night. Winter brings average highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s. Nestled at the foot of the La Plata Mountains, Mancos normally gets several feet of snow during the winter and cooling afternoon monsoons in July and August.