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Four Corners Area Towns

In the Southwest corner of Colorado, where the four states of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet in a single point, lies Montezuma County. Here, in a span of 57 miles, the high deserts of New Mexico Arizona, and Utah meet the Rocky Mountains of Colorado!. Montezuma County ranges from sandstone canyons to snow capped peaks. The climate is Southwest Colorado is mild with an average high of 84% in the summertime and 43% in the winter. With over 300 days of sunshine, who could complain? Year round golf is within an hour's drive to Pinon Hills Golf Club (Rated Top 5 Municipal Courses in the US in Farmington NM. Both Montezuma and adjacent Dolores Counties, offer great access to Public Lands boasting over 65% Public Land. The Four Corners Area has a lot of different types of terrain to explore. Deserts to the South, mountains to the North, the 2nd largest body of water in Colorado (McPhee Reservoir), as well as pristine river valleys to float and fish. All of this lies in remote, Montezuma County (just 57 x 29 miles). The remote part keeps all the areas you like to enjoy from being inundated with people and traffic. Here, we have great proximity to other regional attractions in the area. Within driving distance are the resort towns of Telluride, Colorado and Durango, Colorado. Other popular drive to destinations in the region are Chaco Canyon National Monument, Canyon De Chelly, Monument Valley National Monument, Valley of the Gods National Monument, Natural Bridges National Monument, Lake Powell (Glen Canyon National Park), Capital Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, and the list goes on…

The City of Cortez is a great little desert town in the heart of the Montezuma Valley. Actually it is the heart of Montezuma County acting as its County Seat since its inception. Cortez Colorado started as an agricultural community serving the mining communities in the surrounding mountain towns of Rico, Telluride, and Silverton in the early 1900’s. The products were loaded onto trains in the neighboring towns of Dolores Colorado and Mancos Colorado. The miners diverted the Dolores River and irrigated much of the valley which allowed them a nice long growing season. The Montezuma Valley continues to be irrigated in the summer months. Cortez has grown into a great little place to live. The town has continued to develop it schools, parks, and public amenities like the new Recreation Center and several Preserves with walking trails. The views of the La Plata Mtns and Mesa Verde from town never allow you to forget the beauty of SW Colorado. It seems like most people have moved here for a slower pace of life and happily found it in Cortez Colorado.

With a population of 800 Dolores,Colorado has a warm welcoming feeling and makes a great place to raise a family in a laid back atmosphere. The proactive citizens of Dolores have introduced many new projects that are transforming the landscape as we know it. In 2004, Dolores opened a new riverfront library with a wall of glass facing the Dolores River. In the same year they opened a riverfront post office next to the library and established a walking trail along the Dolores River connecting to Joe Rowell Park. Dolores’ new riverfront walking trail creates a loop through the park and into town. The Dolores River has been re engineered for fly-fishing creating eddy pockets throughout Dolores’ two riverfront parks. In 2003 the town built the best playground in the Four Corners. This was a community effort, hundreds of towns people came together to complete the project. Dolores’s Riverfront parks offer visitors a variety of activities to choose from. There are Baseball fields, soccer field, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, playground, horseshoe pits, picnic areas, fishing and much more. This park is a wonderful place to spend a summer afternoon by the Dolores River. The small town of Dolores Colorado has a setting out of a Norman Rockwell painting. This railroad town got its start as a trading post and loading station supplying the mining communities of Telluride and Rico. Today it survives due to the abundant recreational activities at its door step. Dolores is located in the Dolores River Valley directly on the Dolores River. The town sits at the edge of McPhee Reservoir the 2nd largest body of water in Colorado. To the North lies a vast stretch of public lands encompassing millions of acres which are a part of the San Juan National Forest. These resources offer abundant opportunities to take advantage of the great outdoors of Southern Colorado. Many towns folk were drawn to this town for these very reasons and live a very active lifestyle. Activities include: Fishing, fishing, fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, biking, river sports, hunting and many more.

Points of interest:
Visitors Center
San Juan Skyway
McPhee Reservoir
Dolores River San Juan National Forest
Anasazi Heritage Center
R Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum.

Mancos Colorado is located at the western edge of the La Plata Mountains. This rural community has a real cowboy flavor with many working ranches in close proximity. The town’s Victorian architecture and railroad history date back to the late 1800’s giving it a very western feel. Mancos sits just off the edge of Mesa Verde National Park just six miles east of the Main entrance making it the gate way to Mesa Verde National Park. This town like many of the small towns in Southwestern Colorado is surrounded by National forest offering endless outdoor activities at your doorstep. The surrounding wilderness allows visitors access to fishing, biking, hiking, x-country skiing, hunting snowmobiling, horseback riding, ATVing and many more. The Town of Mancos has a population of 1,119 and the Mancos Valley has about 3,000. The valley sits at an elevation of 7,000 ft above sea level .Southwestern Colorado has a very temperate climate with four seasons and over 300 days of sunshine a year. Mancos’s close proximity to Durango has really started to influence its real estate market. The ability to live in the traffic free piece and quiet of a rural setting with access to the conveniences and employment of Durango are driving the real estate market. Durango lies just 20 miles East of Mancos yet still has a very detached feel compared to Bayfield which has seen much of the overflow from Durango. Mancos will continue to grow as Durango’s real estate market increases in price forcing buyers to look a little outside the boundaries of this white hot market. :

Points of interest:
Chicken Creek Cross Country Trails
Jackson Lake State Park

Durango Colorado is located in Southwestern Colorado just east of the Four Corners between Pagosa Springs and Cortez. This historic railroad town is Southwest Colorado’s largest town with a population of approximately 15,000 and growing. Durango is located along the banks of the Animas River and offers a very active outdoor lifestyle. Durango’s historic downtown and working Train Depot are sites to be seen. “There’s a real western flare about this mountain community that makes you feel right at home.”Durango offers small town feel with modern luxuries and unlimited recreational activities in every direction. Activities include: Hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, fishing, rafting, sight seeing, rock climbing and many other outdoor activities.The town of Durango Colorado is surrounded by unique public lands and diverse environments from mountains to deserts. Due North lies the heart of the San Juan National Forest with its towering mountain ranges and remote wildernesses. Durango Mountain Resort and the Historic Mining town of Silverton are located along a breathtaking drive through the Animas River Valley and over Molas Pass.To the West you’ll find the terrain opens up into expansive desert landscapes extending into to Southern Utah and Lake Powell.Due South lies the wild western landscapes of Northern New Mexico. Durango’s proximity to Northern New Mexico offers a dramatic climate change in a 45 minute drive. One day you can be skiing powder at Durango Mountain Resort and next day find yourself golfing in 60 degree weather in Farmington New Mexico. To the East lies Pagosa Springs resting at the far edge of the San Juan Range. This unique mountain town has a dynamic hot spring resort at the center of the community with National Forest Access in every direction.

Points of Interest:
The Rio Grand Southern Railway,
Durango Mountain Resort,
Molas Pass,
Animas River Park,
Historic Downtown.

The town of Telluride sits at 8,750 and has a population of around 2,335 year round locals. Telluride is a spectacular mountain community with lots of history and a beautiful setting. Telluride got its start as a mining town in the mid-1800’s and now is a thriving recreational community. Telluride has many summer festivals which include: Telluride Mountain Film Fest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride Wine Fest, Telluride Film Fest and The Telluride Blues and Brews Festival. All of these festivals and several more make Telluride a thrilling place to live. In the winter, Telluride transforms into an internationally recognized ski resort. Telluride’s ski area is one of the top mountains in Colorado offering a wide variety of terrain for all types of ability levels. This truly is a place that you will not want to miss. For additional info

Points of Interest:
Historic Downtown Telluride,
Bridalveil Falls,
Bear Creek Canyon,
Lizard Head Pass and Telluride Ski Area.

Pagosa Springs
Pagosa Springs Colorado is located at the eastern edge of the San Juan Range and the San Juan National Forest. As its’ name suggests Pagosa Springs is centered around a geothermal formation creating hot springs throughout this mountain community. Pagosa’s main hot spring formation sites directly in the middle of downtown on the edge of the San Juan River. This beautiful hot springs resort has over 15 pools of varied temperatures that flow from one to another until they drain back into the San Juan River. Pagosa Springs is filled with water features including many lakes, rivers, streams and hot springs. Pagosa sits in the center of a large Ponderosa Pine Forest and got its start has a logging community. It has a population of 6,000 located at 6,500 ft above sea level. Pagosa has a wonderful pace of life and you can see it on the faces of this friendly community. Activities include:Great fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, boating, golfing and many more. Points of Interest: The Pagosa Hot Springs Wolf Creek Ski Area, Wolf Creek Pass, Williams Lake, The Piedra River Gorge, Weminuche Wilderness Area.

The town of Rico is perched at 8,000 ft smack in the middle of the San Jaun Mountain Range. This historic mining town has a population of 400. During the Goldrush days of the 1800’s Rico's population boomed to over 3000. Rico now offers a small mountain town feel where you can’t escape the mountain views and air. Rico is located just South of Telluride over Lizard Head Pass. Many of the locals make there living working in Telluride’s tourism industry. Rico’s locals are a down to earth hard working bunch that no how to play as hard as they work. Activities include: Hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, hunting, backcountry skiing, motorcycling and many

Points of Interest:
San Juan National Forest in every direction,
Rico Hot Spring,
Historic Victorian Main Street,
Dolores River

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National Parks

Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park is located in Southwest Colorado just 9 miles east of Cortez and 35 miles west of Durango. This park is home to a large number of Native American archeological sites dated from around 1200 A.D. The Anasazi who developed these sites built spectacular cliff dangling communities known as “Cliff Dwellings”. Mesa Verde National Park is the first National Park ever founded to preserve cultural heritage and will turn 100 in 2006. This park is the jewel of the National Park system and represents the largest collection of Native American archeological history in one location. Mesa Verde’s landscapes and archeological sites are a must see! Must See: Spruce Tree House, Cliff Palace, and Balcony House.

Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park is located in Southeastern Utah and is one of the most spectacular backcountry Parks in the country. This park requires backcountry exploration to see its natural splendors. Canyonlands National park is bisected by the Colorado River and at its center lies the confluence of the mighty Green and Colorado Rivers. The confluence overlook offers visitors a breathtaking view of the confluence off large sandstone cliff bans. Canyonlands is known for its world class rock climbing and mountain biking. This park is best seen by two to three day backpacking trips into the heart of Elephant Canyon, Needles District and Chesler Park. If you visit this park be sure to fill up on Gas and food before leaving due to its remote location. The Confluence, Druid and Angel Arch, Joint Trail.

Arches National Park
Arches National Park is the Crown Jewel of Utah’s National Park system. This park offers unusual rock formations and natural forming Arches. This is an ideal day trip park with many of the formations located just off the winding road through the center of Arches. Arches is located just North of Moab Utah an interesting Southern Utah original. Must See: Fiery Furnace, Delicate Arch, Balance Rock, The Windows.

Glen Canyon National Park (Lake Powell)
Lake Powell is located on the border between Arizona and Utah. This spectacular reservoir is said to have more shoreline than the Western US. Lake Powell was formed by damming the natural flow of the Colorado River with Glenn Canyon Dam. This park is truly a one of a kind.Lake Powell is an endless maze of red rock sandstone canyons and remote beaches that can only be viewed by boat. Must See: Rainbow Bridge, Glenn Canyon Dam, and Bullfrog.

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National Monuments

Canyon of the Ancients
Canyon of the Ancients is located 15 miles due west of Cortez and stretches across Southwest Colorado into Southern utah This monument formed in 2003 is home to over 6000 individual ancestral Puebloan archeological sites. The park consists of arid high desert landscapes with sandstone canyons and offers good hiking, biking and canyon exploring. The main feature of this monument is the Hovenweep site which has a large number of structures scattered throughout a beautiful desert canyon. Must See: Hovenweep Rim Trail, Sand Canyon Trail.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is located just 15 miles east of Montrose Colorado. This amazing 3000 ft deep gorge was cut out of the Cimarron Foothills. “As you look over the canyons ‘s depths you become aware of it’s savage beauty. It is incredibly deep and sheer, with plunging cliffs, soaring buttresses and a thundering river”. The Black Canyon’s combination of narrow width and extreme depth are a site that you will not want to miss.

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National Forests

San Juan National Forest
The San Juan National Forest encircles the San Juan Mountain Range one of the most breathtaking ranges in the Rocky Mountains. The forest is located in Southwest Colorado stretching from Telluride in the west to Pagosa Springs in the East. It encompasses 2.5 million acres of mountains, rivers and forests. These public lands offer a wide array of activities: hiking, biking, ATVing, skiing, and many more.

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State Parks

Mancos State Park
Mancos State Park sits just 10 miles North of Mancos Colorado. The park raps around Jackson Reservoir and is nestled at the base of the La Plata Mountains in the San Juan National Forest. The park offers good fishing, great camping along the lake, hiking, biking and cross country skiing. For additional info

Lone Mesa State Park
Lone Mesa State Park is located above Dolores Colorado and will not officially be opened until 2008. The recreation area will facilitate camping, ATVing, hiking and much more. The remote location is nice for visitors looking to get away, far away!

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Town and City Parks

Parks Parque de Vida
Denny Lake Park
Carpenter Preserve
Hawkins Preserve

Dolores Parks
Joe Rowell Park
Riverside Park
Flanders Park

Mancos Parks
Mancos Town Park?
Mancos Riverside Park

Durango Parks
Santa Rita Park
Chapman Hill

Parks Town Park

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Lakes and Reservoirs

McPhee Reservoir
McPhee reservoir is the 2nd largest body of water in the state of Colorado and is located just outside of the town of Dolores. The reservoir is feed by the Dolores River from the North and is abutted to the San Juan National Forest. It offers excellent boating, fishing, canoeing and kayaking.

Summit Reservoir
Summit Reservoir is located halfway between Mancos and Dolores. It is a smaller reservoir offering boating, fishing, picnicking, and hiking.

Joe Moore Reservoir
Joe Moore Reservoir sits in the tall pines North of Mancos. It is very small, but has excellent fishing. It also offers camping facilities, picnicking and is surrounded by National Forest.

Pruett Reservoir
Pruett Reservoir is the smaller sister to Summit Reservoir which it is located just west of it. It offers boating and fishing with paved public access.

Totten Lake
Totten Lake sits 5 miles due east of Cortez. This reservoir has expansive views of Mesa Verde and The Sleeping Ute Mtn. The lake offers a tranquil environment just outside Cortez Colorado. The North side of the lake has a wildlife preserve and draws all kinds of water fowl and traveling birds taking a rest. The fishing is great. Facilities include has paved public boat ramp.

Narraguinnep Reservoir?
Narraguinnep Reservoir is located off of Hwy 184 west of Dolores Colorado just below McPhee Reservoir. This circular reservoir offers good boating, water skiing and fishing.

Groundhog Reservoir
Groundhog Reservoir sits Northwest of the town of Dolores deep in the San Juan National Forest. From Dolores, it takes about 45 minutes to reach traveling on winding dirt roads. Activities include: Camping, boating and fishing.See Map:

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Anasazi Heritage Center
The Anasazi Heritage Center is located on Hwy 184 just 5 miles west of Dolores. This Museum houses Native American artifacts that were removed from the Dolores River Valley before its inundation creating McPhee Reservoir. While visiting, learn about the diverse history and cultures of the Pueblo Ute and Navajo tribes. Activities include: Films, hands on activities, permanent exhibits, traveling exhibits, picnic area, nature walk and archeological sites.

27501 Hwy 184,
Dolores Colorado USA 81323
PHONE: (970) 882-5600
FAX: (970) 882-7035
HOURS: 9-5 March-October; 9-4 November-February
ADMISSION: $3 Adults during March-October17 & under free. School groups free.

Mesa Verde Museum
Mesa Verde National Park is located on Hwy 160 just 10 miles east of Cortez. The Museum is located 20 miles from the entrance to the park at the Twin Spruce Complex. This museum offers many permanent exhibits and artifacts from the Native American people who inhabited the area. Activities include: Films, Hands on Activities, Permanent Exhibits, Traveling Exhibits, Picnic Area, Cafeteria, Nature Walks, Archeological Sites and Bookstore.

PHONE: (970) 529-4465
FAX: (970) 529-4637
HOURS: 8am-6:30pm mid-April thru mid-May
ADMISSION: Museum is free- park costs $10

Cortez Museum and Cultural Center
The Cortez Cultural Center is located in downtown Cortez just off Main St. on North Market Street. This activity center offers a wide variety of cultural programs and Native American dancing. Exhibits include: Early Southwest Pioneers, Fulks Anasazi Collection, Ute, Navajo and basket maker exhibits.25

North Market,
Cortez Colorado 81323
PHONE: (970) 565-1151
FAX: (970) 565-4075
HOURS: Mon. thru Sat 10-10 Summer, 10-5 Winter

Hovenweep Museum
Hovenweep National Monument is located 40 miles due west of Cortez on the border of Colorado and utah. Hovenweep is centered on five prehistoric Puebloan village sites scattered throughout desert sandstone canyons and valleys. The Museum is located at the visitor’s center and offers historical exhibits of the Native Americans who inhabited these pueblos. Activities include: Archeological site seeing, nature walk, picnic area

PHONE: (970) 562-4282
HOURS: 8:00-5:00 Open all year
ADMISSION: $6 per vehicle

Crow Canyon Archeological Museum
The Crow Canyon Archeological Center is dedicated to understanding, teaching, and preserving the rich history of the ancient Pueblo Indians who inhabited the canyons and mesas of the American Southwest. Since 1983, Crow Canyon researchers have studied in detail the archaeology of the Mesa Verde region and shared the results of this research in experiential education programs. Thousands of people of all ages have been actively engaged in learning about the past in Crow Canyon's exciting hands-on programs. Their campus-based programs incorporate current research findings from field excavations and allow you to participate in the actual research process. Traveling programs in the Southwest and beyond give you an opportunity to learn about the archaeology and cultures of other areas. Crow Canyon's commitment to involving Native Americans in many of our programs as students, teachers, scholars, and consultants adds greatly to your educational experience.

23390 Road K
Cortez CO 81321

Galloping Goose Historical Society Railroad Museum

421 Railroad Ave.
Dolores CO 81323

Mancos Pioneer Museum

71 Railroad Ave.
Mancos CO 81328

Ute Mountain Tribal Park
Come experience a trip back into time and learn a special Native American interpretation of the culturally diverse homelands of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. Spend time in the Ute Mountain Tribal Park with one of our knowledgeable Native American Ute tour guides. Guides interpret Ute* Indian History, Ute pictographs, geological land formations, and Ancestral Pueblo* petroglyphs, artifacts and dwellings.

The half-day tours will visit Ancestral Pueblo petroglyphs, scenic lands, Ute pictographs panels, geological land formations and surface sites. All sites on the half-day tour are within a short walking distance of the gravel road.
The full-day trips require additional time and effort. Including a three-mile walk back in time on unpaved trails and climbing of five ladders to visit four well preserved canyon cliff dwellings in Lion Canyon.

A round trip drive on gravel and dirt roads from the Tribal Park Visitor's Center is 80 miles for the full day tour and 40 miles for the half-day tour. Check in time is 8:30 a.m. and departure is a 9:00 a.m. Tours begin at the Visitor Center/Museum 20 miles South of Cortez Colorado at Highway Junction 160/666. West side of the Chimney Rock.

P.O. Box 109
Towaoc CO 81334

Notah Dineh Trading Company

345 West Main
Cortez CO 81321

Telluride Historical Society
Established in 1965 as the San Miguel County Historical Society, the Museum operated for more than 30 years within an 1896 historic landmark hospital building. A meticulous restoration project was funded in 1995 through a Town of Telluride voter-approved bond measure and several historical grants. In 2001, the Museum was the recipient of the Steven H. Hart Award, the Colorado Historical Society’s highest honor for outstanding contribution to historical preservation. Today the Museum serves as a cultural and historical anchor for the town, providing a sense of community in the face of the town’s unprecedented growth and change. During the six-year closure to restore the old hospital building, the board and staff created a blueprint for using the eclectic collection of 20,000 artifacts and 2000 historic photographs in contextual settings to tell the story of Telluride’s history.

201 W. Gregory Ave.
Telluride CO 81435

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Scenic Byways

San Juan Skyway
The San Juan Skyway is a 236 mile loop through the spectacular western San Juan Range. This historic by-way traverses along the Rio Grande Southern route through aspen filled river valleys, high mountain passes and historic mountain towns including: Telluride, Durango, Cortez, Dolores, Mancos, Silverton, Ouray, Ridgway and Rico. It takes you over 4 mountain passes including the infamous Red Mountain Pass one the most spectacular passes in North America. The entire loop will take approximately 6 hours to drive but with all the activities to see along the way it is recommended that you spend at least two days to see it all. This route makes a wonderful motorcycle trip or Fall color tour!

Trail of the Ancients
The Trail of the Ancients is a 116 mile long loop through the Four Corners region. This path takes you along the ancient archeological sites of the Anasazi who dominated the Colorado Plateau for hundreds of years around 1200 A.D. You will see many clues to there past civilization including: cliff dwelling, pictographs and pottery remnants. Sites included in this loop are Mesa Verde National Park, The Anasazi Heritage Center, Canyon of the Ancients, Sand Canyon, Hovenweep National Monument and the Four Corners Monument.

The Grand Circle
The Grand Circle is the world renowned loop that takes you through all of the National Parks located in Southern Utah, Colorado and Northern Arizona. This quest will take several weeks to complete and is well worth the effort. During your travels you will become familiar with the best the west has to offer. Rolling desert landscapes, dramatic sandstone canyons and amazing rock formations are just the tip of the iceberg so to speak. This journey will take you to the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Lake Powell, Capital Reef National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Arches and Mesa Verde National Parks. This part of the country is truly indescribable and is a must see.

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Four Corners Area Attractions

Summer Season

Ute Mountain Tribal Park
Mancos Stage Coach
Horseback Riding Hiking
Trails Mountain Biking Trails
Whitewater Sports
Golf Courses
Stockcar Races

Winter Season

Snow Skiing

Durango Mountain Resort
Ski Hesperus

Cross- Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Trails

Year-Round Attractions

Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Ute Mountain Casino

BLM site has info on hunting in Colorado.

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Four Corners Area Schools



Cortez Public Schools
Montezuma County RE-1
121 E. 1st St.
Cortez CO 81323
(970) 565-7282


Dolores Public Schools
Montezuma County RE-4A
Hwy 145
Dolores CO 81323
(970) 882-7255


Public Schools
Montezuma County
RE-6 395 W. Grand Ave .Mancos
CO 81328
(970) 533-7748
(970) 533-7954 fax

Dove Creek

Dove Creek Public Schools
Dolores County RE-2J
108 W Hwy 491
Dove Creek CO 81324
(970) 677-2522

Private School

Cortez Adventist Christian School
540 W. 4th St.
Cortez CO 81321
(970) 565-8257

Continuing Education

Pueblo Community College
60 S. Cactus Ste# 1
Cortez CO 81321

San Juan Basin Technical College
33057 Hwy 160
Cortez CO 81321

Cortez Cultural Center
25 N. Market St.
Cortez CO 81323

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Four Corners Area Hospitals

Southwest Memorial Hospital
1311 N. Mildred Rd.
Cortez CO 81321

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