Sundance Bear Lodge

38890 Highway 184, Mancos, Colorado 81328
Innkeeper(s): Sue & Bob Scott
  • TheForest Edge  Guest House

    TheForest Edge Guest House

  • The Perfect Southwest Colorado Getaway

    The Perfect Southwest Colorado Getaway

  • The Mesa Verde

    The Mesa Verde

  • The Mancos Room

    The Mancos Room

  • Log Cabin

    Log Cabin

  • Let Your Stress Melt Away In Our Hot Tub

    Let Your Stress Melt Away In Our Hot Tub

  • Enjoy A Delicious Breakfast Each Morning

    Enjoy A Delicious Breakfast Each Morning

  • The Perfect Place To Relax

    The Perfect Place To Relax


National Parks are a huge benefit to Mancos, Cortez 26 Jul 2014, 11:06 am

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 460,237 visitors to Mesa Verde in 2013 spent $45.089 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 617 jobs in the local area.


 National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service – and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. 


The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service. The report shows $14.6 billion of direct spending by 273.6 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported more than 237,000 jobs nationally, with more than 197,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.5 billion.


According to the 2013 economic analysis, most visitor spending was for lodging (30.3 percent) followed by food and beverages (27.3 percent), gas and oil (12.1 percent), admissions and fees (10.3 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (10 percent).


The largest jobs categories supported by visitor spending were restaurants and bars (50,000 jobs) and lodging (38,000 jobs).


To download the report, visit  The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.


To learn more about national parks in Colorado and how the National Park Service works with Colorado communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to




All we can say  – is Thank you!!!! And come again!

Walk the land — fall in love with Mancos 16 Jul 2014, 1:49 pm

Do you find yourself dreaming about owning a private retreat in the beautiful Colorado Mountains? Here is your opportunity to do just that.  We moved from California to Mancos in 1997 and never looked back.  The slower pace of life is healthy!  In order to help you do the same, we have three legally defined lots on the back half of our 86 acres that are now listed for sale. What a temptation.


All of the key info is on the lots for sale page of this web site — here are a few of the important points. The 13 acre view lot looks into Cassidy Canyon and has a view of the LaPlata Mtns to the east.  This is pinion/juniper forest.  The 27 acre lot faces south and west with views of Mesa Verde and the Sleeping Ute.  It’s half canyon and half pinion/juniper.  Each lot has a water tap.


The most recent listing is the Sundance Bear guest house on 8 acres. Our guests have loved  this  1700 sq ft house for about 14 years.   The kitchen/dining room has a wonderful view of the LaPlatas to the east.  It’s a fantastic way to enjoy your morning coffee just sitting on the deck under the awning.  3 large bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms — all on 1 floor. Walk out basement serves as garage and laundry. The floor plan is on along with a variety of photos.  We have painted with some wonderful southwestern colors and provided beds for 9. It is a very comfortable home. What would you do with it?


We have used an electric kitchen all these years  but it is plumbed for gas, if that’s what you prefer. The new granite counters will be installed this week (late July).


So there you are. Two lots where you can build a dream house and the guest house ready to occupy in the fall. Isn’t it time to move   to Colorado at least part of the year? Come and walk the ground — Fall in love with Mancos, Co.!


Road closure July 9 4 Jul 2014, 5:05 pm

Highway 184 — between Mancos and Sundance Bear — will be closed between 6pm and 6a.m.

on July 9.   This means travelers should have dinner in Dolores before coming to SBL.  OK to have LUNCH in Durango — but not OK to think dinner is OK.

Plan your day to  come from Cortez or Dolores to Sundance Bear Lodge on the evening of the 9th!

Big News for Mancos arts!!! 23 Jun 2014, 9:21 pm

For Immediate Release
Office of Gov. John Hickenlooper
Office of Economic Development
and International Trade

Colorado’s new Certified and Candidate Creative Districts announced
DENVER — June 16, 2014 — Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade, and the Boettcher Foundation today announced the certification of four new Creative Districts and the acceptance of seven Candidate Districts into the Colorado Creative Districts Program. The newly certified districts are 40 West Arts District, Lakewood, Downtown Colorado Springs, RiNo Art District, Denver and the Greeley Creative District. Candidate districts entering the program include: Mancos Creative District, Manitou Springs Arts Council Creative District, Crestone Creative District, Crested Butte Creative District, Downtown Fort Collins Creative District, Carbondale Historic Downtown Core and the Evergreen Creative District.
“These 2014 certified and candidate creative districts are great examples of how the arts create exciting places for people to visit and live,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “These districts not only increase quality of life, they also help with economic vitality of the area and attract people from all over Colorado and the country.”
These newly certified districts have been working toward certification standards since 2012. A review panel evaluated certification applications and conducted site visits. Evaluation was based on three foundational elements:
 A Certified Creative District must capture its unique story and reflect that story
 A Certified Creative District must be integrated with other community systems such as planning, economic development, tourism, transportation, urban renewal, safety and public gathering spaces
 A Certified Creative District must have local government endorsement.
The newly certified districts will join the seven Colorado Creative Districts: Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, Pueblo Creative Corridor, Corazon de Trinidad, North Fork Valley Creative District, Ridgway Creative District, Salida Creative District and Telluride Arts District.
“The goal of this program is to help Colorado Creative Districts achieve the administrative structure, funding streams, community engagement process, strategic plan and staff structure that provide both opportunities to grow the creative economy,” said Margaret Hunt, director of Colorado Creative Industries.
“The state’s newly designated Creative Districts are capitalizing on Colorado’s creative assets to grow their local economy and to improve the quality of life for their residents,” said Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. “We want to help them be successful and sustainable over the long-term, and we look forward to the Boettcher Creative District Leadership Awards taking them even further along the road to success.” Creative districts accepted into the program as “candidates” work toward certification for two years. This incubator-style program offers Candidate Creative Districts benefits in the form of direct funding and professional assistance, training and networking with peers. Candidate districts are eligible to apply for certification at the end of two years.
Submissions were reviewed by panelists using the following criteria: district characteristics, management and planning, community buy-in, and other factors. Each candidate district will be awarded a $5,000 matching grant from CCI.
For more information, please visit
About the Colorado Creative Districts program In 2011, the Colorado General Assembly passed HB11-1031, encouraging the formation of Creative Districts in communities, neighborhoods or contiguous geographic areas. Administered by Colorado Creative Industries, the Creative District Program encourages the formation of creative districts in neighborhoods and contiguous geographic areas for the purpose of:
 Attracting artists and creative entrepreneurs to a community
 Enhancing economic and civic capital of Colorado communities
 Creating hubs and clusters of economic activity
 Enhancing areas as appealing places to live, conduct businesses and attract visitors
 Serving as an economic strategy and magnet
 Revitalizing and beautifying
 Promoting a community’s unique identity
 Showcasing cultural and artistic events and amenities
About Colorado Creative Industries
Colorado Creative Industries is Colorado’s state arts agency and is a division of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Established to capitalize on the immense potential for our creative sector to enhance economic growth in Colorado, the mission of CCI is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive the state’s economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life.
About the Boettcher Foundation Founded by the Boettcher Family in 1937 to effectively assist, encourage and promote a better quality of life for the citizens of Colorado, the Boettcher Foundation invests in Colorado through “minds and mortar.” The Foundation funds Scholarships, biomedical research and teacher training, as well as capital grants for nonprofits. For more information, visit

Climate change or adaptation in the Southwest 19 Jun 2014, 4:05 pm

2000 Years of Climate Change

Dr. Eric Blinman will speak to the San Juan Basin Archaeological Society on “2000 Years of Climate Change and Human Response in the Southwest” at the Fort Lewis College, July 10, at 7:00 p.m.  The public is cordially invited

 Dr. Blinman has been involved in archaeology since 1967, and he has focused on the history of Southwestern peoples since 1979. His training was at UC Berkeley and Washington State University. He joined the Museum of New Mexico’s Office of Archaeological Studies in 1988 and has served as the division director since 2006. Research activities have included climate change studies, the cultural affiliations between ancient and modern peoples, archaeomagnetic dating, and reconstructions of social and economic evolution in the Southwest.

The quality of the combined archaeological and environmental record in the northern Southwest is easy to take for granted because we have grown up with it. The climate detail provided by tree-rings and the quality of chronological data from tree-rings and associated pottery is unparalleled in the world. The result is a remarkably detailed picture of economic, social, and demographic adaptation to environmental and climate change by Puebloan and Athapaskan peoples over the past 2000 years.


It isn’t a story of failure, but of adaptation, including climatic support for the florescence of ninth century villages and the later developments at Chaco. How people respond to opportunity or crisis is not strictly determined by climate, but respond they must, and the lessons of the past have useful implications for our ability to shape our own future.

Enchanted Landscapes – Enduring People: Thank you, National G!! 18 Jun 2014, 7:56 pm



Having trouble planning a one, two or three day vacation for after you have experienced Mesa Verde?  National Geographic to the rescue!

The four states of the 4 Corners went to work with National Geographic to create the most incredible 2-sided map and an interactive web site, illustrating a huge number of wonderful things to do on vacation – or if you live in the 4 Corners!

The map was initiated to publicize the Trail of the Ancients, belonging to the famous Anasazi of 1200AD and known for the alcove sites of Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado.  The 116 mile Trail of the Ancients, America’s only National Scenic Byway dedicated solely to archaeology, is a byway full of archaeology and culture in the heart of the Colorado plateau.


Visits to the Anasazi Heritage Center and Hovenweep Monument are superb archaeological additions to your experiences in the 4 Corners,  but the map shows many more.

Geology and water features are equally fascinating.  Anyone who has been to a western movie already knows what Monument Valley looks like, but that is NOT the same as a visit in person and a Navajo-guided tour.  The San Juan River provides river rafting past Anasazi ruins – but bring along your fishing gear!  That’s just the beginning of outdoor adventures awaiting in canyons, on McPhee Reservoir, and throughout a variety of national forests.  Hike, bike, horse back ride, zip line, fish and more – the interactive map offers suggestions of how to have this much fun!  


It’s important to plan enough time to really experience the 4 Corners!! Mesa Verde National Park is just the beginning and requires a full day in order to absorb the experience.

Here’s the recipe:   Select  a luxurious but casual place to stay – stay long enough – have a truly wonderful time in the 4 Corners.  Sundance Bear Lodge is such a place to stay – perfect for a couple or the whole family – with a little taste of Santa Fe in the lodge, log cabin, guest house. Bring the family dog along when you stay in one of the cabins.



Only 4 miles north of Mancos on Hwy 184, Sundance Bear is on 80+ acres of trees, canyon, pasture. See Mesa Verde’s profile from the lodge’s front  deck. Turn left out of the drive onto Highway 184 and it is about 20 miles at  Dolores where to find the Anasazi Heritage Center.  There are so many great activities and sites within two hours , the most difficult part will be deciding which to select.  Planning  special itineraries is easy.  Grab your Nat’l G special map and let’s get the plans underway!!


Sundance Bear Lodge (Susan & Bob Scott, owners)

38890 Highway 184, Mancos CO 81328





Plan beyond Mesa Verde 9 May 2014, 12:48 pm

If this is your first vacation in the 4 Corners,  the assumption is that you will visit Mesa Verde National Park.  This is a huge park (about 55,000 acres) and it takes at least 5 hours to get a glimpse of the alcove sites and the ancient Indian dwellings.  Far better to plan a full day. The 4 alcoves  have $4 tours and you can plan these when you arrive. If you want to see portions of the park that few folks get to visit, you want to go to and see if any of the special hikes match your vacation timing, your ability and interest.  Mug House, Upper Navajo Canyon, Yucca and Wetherill Mesa are the special excursions.


On Tuesday and Thursday beginning June 10 the Anasazi Heritage Center will offer archive tours.  Clearly the center has many more artifacts than they have room to display on the first floor; the rest are stored below.  Call 970-882-4811 to sign up — these fill up fast.  Do not wait until you check in at Sundance Bear Lodge!


Have you ridden the Durango Silverton steam train???  This is another full day event.  You can shorten the day a little by taking the bus to Silverton and the train back to Durango.  The train has a top speed of about 12 mph but on the climb up is often reduced the 5mph!  On the bus the driver gives you pleasant tour chatter, so it is a valuable ride.  You’ll find all the details on the train website   Be sure to consult your confirmation letter from Sundance Bear to see the code worth a 10% discount on train tickets. The special cars sell out fast, so it is important to plan ahead!


It is easier to plan horseback riding,jeep tours, river rafting and zip-lining once you are here and can check the weather forecast.


We look forward to seeing you this summer at Sundance Bear Lodge!

Rims to Ruins fundraiser at Mesa Verde 24 Apr 2014, 4:09 pm

Who gets the money????

compliments of the Mesa Verde Foundation. On May 15 and 16and they’ll paint, draw and sculpt to their hearts’ content! What a TREAT!!!!  Then on  May 17 the completed works will be on display at the park’s new Visitor and Research Center, located just off Highway 160 at the park entrance. 

Now this is the important part!!!!

Come to the luncheon on the 17th –bring your check book — and purchase your favorite piece of brand new art — to benefit the park.  How easy can that be?

The results of the 2013 Rims to Ruins provided funds for the 4 Corners Lecture Series and rejuvenated the historic horse patrol program.

If you would like to come to the luncheon on May 17 and take part in the auction — contact Judy Grant 303-842-3569. Tickets are $50/person

Birding Festival May 7-11 24 Apr 2014, 2:28 pm

Planning enough time to savor the 4 Corners 4 Apr 2014, 1:58 pm

There is more to a holiday in the 4 Corners than a day at Mesa Verde — much more! Mesa Verde is the only national park dedicated to human culture and history – but near by are Monument Valley, Zion, Arches, Bryce, Canyon de Chelley and more natural beauties.  So don’t begrudge us one park for culture!


But we are forever reminding our visitors that they need to plan ONE MORE DAY to really get the flavor of the Colorado portion of the 4 Corners.  Mancos and Durango have credentials as art communities.  They are also known for all the folks who love – I mean really LOVE – to ride bikes of every type.  As the weather warms up and the trails dry out, the number of bike events will grow exponentially.

Here is a sample of what Spring means. First – it snowed this week. And may do it again. That’s what April is!


Rosie Carter art remains on exhibit at Olio’s on Grand.   Stay for a wonderful dinner in this art gallery, wine bar and small restaurant. Guests cannot believe that Mancos has a restaurant of this incredible quality. They often compare it to eating out in Santa Fe.

Want to learn more about fungi?  The folks at San Juan Mycology will outline their summer workshops at a meeting April 7 at the Mt LookOut Grange (6p.m.)

There’s food at the Columbine Bar each Fri 4-8 p.m. and Sunday 2p.m-7p.m. Play pool or darts and make yourself at home! The Bine is essence of small town.  Cowboys on horseback are not common in the bar any more!

On the second Sunday of each month the Mt LookOut Grange hosts a community potluck.  If you play an instrument, bring it along to contribute to the entertainment for the evening.  Visitors often ask “what do the locals do?” and this is one of the answers!

April 12  The second annual Spring HoeDown comes to town – great for the whole family – 5-11p.m. in the historic opera house.  Multiple bands for square and line dancing.  Wine and beer available as a fundraiser for three local projects. Tickets only $15 for adults (18 and older).

April 23 (6:30p.m.) A Story to Tell and a Song to Sing.  Novelist John Wright and Singer/songwriter Marilyn Kroeker offer music and a reading at the Cortez Cultural Center.

April 26 is the 20th annual Pueblo to Pueblo run/bicycle event. Registration is on the web  You choose among a half marathon run, a 5k run/walk, and a 50 mile bicycle event!  The events symbolize ancient communication between pueblos – before the invention of iPhones.



The local Mancos Valley Chorus begins the spring performance season on May 4 (3:30p.m.) and May 9  (7p.m.)at the Methodist Church in Mancos.  Our neighbors are very talented people! The chorus is superb and plays to standing room only audiences.

May 7-11     The Annual Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival provides a popular venue for visiting southwestern Colorado during the second weekend in May. Nestled between alpine and mesa forests and scenic desert canyons, the Four Corner’s intriguingly diverse landscapes, and mild climate, have drawn people to the region for generations.  The festival draws upon the expertise of regional wildlife specialists who volunteer as tour guides and guest lecturers. Each year new tours, and repeat favorites, explore an array of birding hotspots that attract avian species.  One new tour  this year is in Mancos at three B&Bs: Sundance bear, Willowtail Springs and Flagstone Meadows.



May 17 is the Cowboy Half Marathon organized by the Mancos Project, a local running club. for details.


Memorial Day Weekend – a Native American celebration of Art called Celebrating our Song. Art show, rug auction and more at the Cortez Cultural Center.  In Durango it’s the Iron Horse Race where the bicycles race the steam train from Durango to Silverton. Highway 550 is closed in the A.M. and the bikes take over! (It snowed this weekend once, too!)

June – a peek –

The Great Mancos Arts Round-up and Studio Tour —on June 14 – local art studios will be open to visitors. Another astounding look at the talent of our neighbors! Photos, wood turning, bronze, painting, jewelry, glass – Mancos has it all.


On your visit to Mesa Verde, save time to take a peek into the flavor of our community.  Wonderful art – incredible food – spectacular scenery.  Hike, bike, horseback ride through the San Juans. Get wet river rafting or fishing.  Sit down long enough to relax, hear the birds, and marvel  at the colors of a western sunset.  We enjoy it all year long and are happy to share it with  our visitors!