Cortez Cultural Center


Six nights a week during the summer, visitors curl up in the outdoor performance space here on blankets and lawn chairs to watch free Native American dance and other cultural programs. Offerings have included flute players, sand painters, and Navajo code talkers. During intermission, for $2 you can buy a huge piece of freshly made fry bread golden and crunchy, ready to be doused with honey or sprinkled with powdered sugar to munch on while you admire the ubiquitous silver-and-turquoise jewelry of the locals in the audience. The rest of the year, the center offers frequent programs on diverse topics such as archaeoastronomy in the Southwest and hiking the Colorado Trail. Visitors can also stop in the center's museum, which includes exhibits on early Southwest pioneers and local Native American artifacts. Be sure to check out the side of the building itself. It's painted to resemble a cliff dwelling like the ones in the area. The center is open Monday-Saturday Memorial Day-August 31st, 10 AM-10 PM; May, September, October 10 AM-6 PM; and 10 AM-5 PM the rest of the year. During summer, the center has Sunday hours of 10 AM to 2 PM.


25 N Market
Cortez, CO 81321


37.34894200, -108.58537300
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(970) 565-1151

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