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Montezuma County is the southwestern most of the 64 counties in the state of Colorado. Based on the 2010 census, the
25,535. The county seat is Cortez.
Montezuma County was created on April 16, 1889 from La
Plata County. The county is named in honor of Aztec
leader Moctezuma II.
Mesa Verde National Park, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Yucca House National Monument, and Hovenweep National Monument preserve hundreds of ancient Amerindian structures, including the famous cliff-dwellings, found in the county. Montezuma County is also home to most of the Ute Mountain Indian Reservation, home of the Weeminuche Band of the Ute Nation, known as the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, with its headquarters at Towaoc.
Montezuma County is named in honor of Moctezuma II, the famous Aztec leader at the time of Spain's conquest of the Aztec Empire. Local ruins were originally thought to have been of Aztec origin.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Montezuma County was created in 1889 from part of La Plata County.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,040 square miles (5,284 km2), of which, 2,037 square miles (5,275 km2) of it is land and 3 square miles (9 km2) of it (0.16%) is water.
Montezuma County is located in southwest Colorado. The area
ranges from high the Colorado Plateau desert to alpine tundra.
Bordering counties are as follows: