Visit the last surviving 1890s irrigation flume which brought life to the Montezuma Valley

Archaeology
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Along the Trail

McElmo Creek Flume

The McElmo Creek Flume is located approximately 4 miles east of Cortez on Highway 160, on the way to Mesa Verde National Park.

The wayside stop is most easily accessed heading east from Cortez. The parking lot includes a kiosk describing the effort to restore and preserve the Flume, and a short handicap walkway leads to an overlook of the Flume. Additional panels there tell the story of the water history of the Montezuma Valley, from Ancestral Puebloan times to the 21st century.

There are no services available at the McElmo Creek Flume. Public restrooms are available at the Ute Rest area, 3 miles further east on highway 160.

Visit the McElmo Creek Flume