Help us save the McElmo Creek Flume, historically significant to the Montezuma Valley

& History
Along the Trail

McElmo Creek Flume

The McElmo Creek Flume, located adjacent to the Montezuma County Fairgrounds east of Cortez, is the LAST SURVIVING Flume of 104 flumes built in the 1890s to irrigate the Montezuma Valley.

Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway has constructed a new interpretive stop at the McElmo Creek Flume, which opened in the fall of 2016. Repairs have been finished to the Flume's foundation. Now the wooden trough through which the water flowed needs to be repaired.


You can help restore this historic piece of Montezuma Valley history.

Please print this page and include it with your tax-deductible donation to:

Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byways Association (TOTABA)
P. O. Box 759
Cortez, CO 81321


Thank you for your donation. You will receive a letter acknowledging your tax-deductible contribution.