The Cortez Cultural Center and Hawkins Preserve

A nonprofit organization

$23,913 raised by 94 donors

100% complete

$0 Goal

When you contribute to the Cortez Cultural Center and Hawkins Preserve, you are enhancing the lives of both locals and visitors from around the world. Our programs increase cultural understanding, promote the arts, and educate participants about history, diversity, and the natural environment.


Cultural Center Testimonials:

"Cortez Cultural Center is the very best cultural organization of the Four Corners Region. Multiple times the CCC helped bring my musical projects to life. Their commitment to culture and community programming is executed at a high professional level. CCC looks out for their community providing space and help for their locals. CCC works and networks among the highest arts organizations in the nation including the Associations of Performing Arts Professionals, Chamber Music America, Mellon Foundation and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Together CCC and I made history as we were the recipients of a national grant called ArtsForward. ArtsForward then put all its funding towards Cortez local businesses and community events. The Cortez Cultural Center may seem small but their outreach, projects and community are among the best models in the cultural and arts industries. I love CCC, the are my second home." Delbert Anderson, award-winning Dineh (Navaho) jazz trumpeter, composer, touring and recording artist (Delbert Anderson Trio, DDAT, and DDAT Management).

"This place has it all. From History to Indian Dances in the Summer. Stop in and see for yourself. Look in the back for a picture." Hayden on Tripadvisor

"We heard Sam Sandoval speak here about his experience as a World War II Navajo Codetalker. It was an unbelievable experience and we appreciate them setting up such events. He signed his book for us and spent time after the lecture. He is one of only a very few Codetalkers left on earth and lives in nearby Shiprock, NM. Look around the museum area for local artist creations and see the nightly Indian Dances just outside the center." Tripadvisor reviewer from Los Angeles, CA

"Center has interesting tidbits of the weather. Very enjoyable traditional native American dance performance laced with history and culture. Don't miss this." - Steve from Kenesaw

"We visited the Cortez Cultural Center for information about Mesa Verde. The very helpful staff told us everything we needed to know. Cortez is the gateway town to Mesa Verde and many other nearby attractions and the Cultural Center is a great source of information to them all. As well it has a museum and cultural programs such as American Indian dance performances (free)." - Sylvain from Australia

"I love this place" - Wendy from Dolores, CO

"Awesome" - Antonio from Washington, DC

"Fantastic show (Native American Dances) - Joe & Barb from Edwin, IL

"Wonderful experience" - Daren & Heather from Syracuse, NY

"Very interesting" - Tom & Becky from Alamagordo, NM

"Excellent" - the Jones Family from Australia

"We loved it" - Steve from St George, UT

"Loved your Center" - Lauren & Bert from Bayfield, CO

"Nice collection and displays" - Liz and Pete from Colrain, MA

"Excellent dance presentation" - Scott and Bev from Ft. Collins, CO

"Great exhibits" - H. Wolfgang from Elliott City, MD

"Awesome" - Stacy from Cortez, CO

"Phenominal" - Kim and Jim from Warren, MI

"Mind blowing experience" - Aaron from Dallas, TX

"Unforgetable" - Jorge from Gainsville, FL

"Glad to learn an amazing culture" - Anette from Cypress, TX

"Great history lesson" - Andrew and Susan from Chepachet, RI

"So helpful" - Lisa from Vancouver, Canada

Hawkins Preserve testimonials:
"A hidden treasure (Hawkins Preserve). A great walk." - Wanda from Cortez, CO

"Sweet and beautiful place. In for the long hike or for a short one, it is well worth the stop." - Natalie from Cortez, CO

"Amazing and beautiful place to exercise with the family!" - Amber from Cortez, CO

"A very peaceful place to walk, run, bike, walk your dog just pick up after yourself and dog please." - Amy from Cortez, CO

"This a nice little trail conveniently located near downtown. Good for a nice little run or hike. I went there early in the morning and had the whole place to myself. The overlook is nice especially if get there right at sunrise. Trails are well groomed and fairly well marked." - Jack from Cortez, CO


The mission of the Cortez Cultural Center is to provide programs that enrich the lives of our community and its visitors by increasing cultural awareness, promoting the arts, and educating about the area's history, diversity and natural environment.

Organization Data


Organization name

The Cortez Cultural Center and Hawkins Preserve

other names

Cortez Center Inc, CU Center

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Arts, Culture & Humanities, Environment, Youth Development

Organization Size

Medium Organization


25 N. Market Street
Cortez, CO 81321


25 N Market Street
Cortez, CO 81321


1500 S Cedar
Cortez, CO 81321


25 N. Market
Cortez, CO 81321

Service areas

Montezuma County, CO, US




970-565-1151 10