Founded in 1886, Cortez was established for the men working on bringing irrigation water from the Dolores River into the Montezuma Valley. Cortez is located on the "Main Branch" of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail and the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway.
Sits on the main Old Spanish National Historic Trail and the San Juan Skyway National Scenic Byway Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway
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