Relaxed vibe in Colorado

Often when I’m in a foreign place, I entertain the notion of actually living there. I have flirted with the idea in Florence, London and Paris after staying a few weeks or months, but after only a few days in southwest Colorado, already I was imagining a life there. I was so taken by the beauty of the natural landscape, as well as the natural beauty of the people. The people are relaxed, and the towns have a positive energy. Locals who moved there from other states told me they were never happier than when they moved to Colorado. I
could see within a day of being there that there was something special about this place.

Cortez, Colorado is known as the archeological centre of America. It is home to Mesa Verde National Park, Hovenweep National Monument and Canyons of the Ancients Monument.
Cortez is the ideal jumping-off point for many adventures in the Four Corners area. The Four Corners encompass Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.
The Colorado Tourism Office is encouraging tourists to “Touch the Past, Touch the Plenty.” For tourists, this means exploring the rich archeological past of the area and agri-tourism.
Many tourists visit the area to explore Mesa Verde National Park, but end up staying longer than they expected once they discover there is so much more to see and do. Southwest Colorado is an ideal place for hikers, bicyclers and birders.

Shop for turquoise and silver jewelry made by local Navajos or buy dried gourds with petroglyph tracings at the Cortez Farmers Market held on Main Street every Saturday morning. If you miss the market, go to Notah Dineh Trading Company, 345 W. Main St., Cortez. Beautiful hand woven rugs and baskets are available.

For more information, visit the Colorado Tourism Office’s website at


About The blog of travel & lifestyle journalist Melody Wren

Melody is a freelance writer because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. She writes about travel, food, lifestyle and green living. Melody loves staying in a place long enough to get acquainted. Local customs, markets and traditional cultures are magnets for this writer. When not writing she’s either on the road, in the air, or savoring something tasty. Most of her travels feature outdoor adventures of some sort, although she typically avoids sleeping on the ground. She is an ordinary person that enjoys challenging and pushing herself, facing fears with an eye on experiential travel. She needs to do it, feel it and see it so she can write about it. Her hope is that her stories encourage readers to get out there and do the same.
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