Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center is located in Mancos, Colorado.
Mancos, CO? Where in the world is Mancos, CO?
We are seven yes seven, hours from Denver. We are 4 ½ hours from Albuquerque, NM and Santa Fe, NM; 90 minutes from Telluride, CO; 45 minutes from the Four Corners Monument; 30 minutes from Durango, CO and 10 minutes from Mesa Verde National Park. For everything that is around us we are, technically, centrally located. Getting here can be an adventure – an adventure well worthwhile.
Mancos is a small town with a population of approximately 1,300, surrounded by ranch land, mountains (La Plata Mountains, San Juan National Forest), desert, ancient Anasazi ruins, and the Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute reservations and the Navajo Nation. We are enveloped by a natural beauty that inspires residents and visitors to create, learn and explore.
You could easily drive through Mancos in the blink of an eye, but we encourage you not to do this. It is a sleepy, small town, but there is more going on than you might expect.
Mancos (and Montezuma County) has a thriving food movement which promotes awareness, education, wholesome food and community through the Montezuma Farm to School program, Orchard Restoration Projects, small-scale farms, established family-run farms, two local vineyards, the reemergence of the Mt. Lookout Grange, and local farmer’s markets.
There is a wonderful and diverse art community that is continually growing and evolving. Mancos is a Colorado Creative District Candidate. Colorado Creative District’s purpose, in essence, is to promote growth and sustainability through the arts in communities throughout Colorado, and Mancos is currently working towards its certification.
If you are one for hiking, biking, camping, climbing, rafting, boating, fishing, canoeing, or horseback riding we have it all. One of the benefits of this land being relatively undeveloped is the vast number of mountains, hills, streams and valleys that are available and accessible to enjoy.
We live here, work here play here because we watch bald eagles fly overhead while filling up our gas tank, because we can listen to the wind, see the seasons change and know our neighbors; because this is a common sight on Main Street*…
We live here, work here and play here because there is a strong connection to the land.
We live here, work here and play here because Mancos has soul.
*Photo Credit, Sam Green/Mancos Times