Anasazi Heritage Center

The Anasazi Heritage Center is a U.S. Bureau of Land Management museum that interprets the history and culture of the Four Corners region, including Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway.  The Center is also headquarters for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.  Current visitor information including maps, brochures and road conditions for this self-guided 170,000 acre monument, is available free at the Center's front desk.   

Publicly praised as a "world class museum", the Center offers family friendly interactive exhibts, provides activities and curriculum for visiting students, and strives to incorporate current scienctific research. Visitors can explore the museum's 10,000 sq. feet of exhibit galleries, view films or programs in the theater, browse the museum shop, or hike on a paved hillside trail.  More than 3.5 million artifacts from Southwest Colorado are curated at the museum and are available for research.   Don't miss the 10 minute  film "Visit With Respect"  -- a Native American collaboration about the ancestral homes/archaeological sites of the Four Corners region with subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese. The film won a 2010 film award from the Society for American Archaeology. 

The 1 mile wheelchair-accessible trail offers 360° views of the La Plata Mountains, the Montezuma Valley, McPhee Reservoir, and Mesa Verde, with access to Escalante and Dominquez Pueblos -- two 12th century Ancestral Puebloan sites.  The location is also part of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail.

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Latitude: 37.474943 Longitude: -108.547368 Elevation: 7078 ft
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Seasons Open

Year round; closed only Thanksgiving Day , Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Hours Open

9-5 (March - October).; 10 - 4 (November- February)

Fees

March through October $3 for adults, 17 and under free; school groups free. America the Beautiful passes (annual, senior and access) accepted; November through February -- no entry fees.

Eco-Friendly Notes

Staff initiated office recylcing; aluminum and mixed metal bins on site.  New photovoltaic system installed winter 2010-2011.  Museum landscaping and ground keeping are part of Plant Select demonstration garden partnership with Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University extension Master Gardener program.

ADA Accessibility Notes

Fully accessible museum and paved trail [winter weather permitting].  Museum films captioned for hearing impaired with subtitle options in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese.  Interactive exhibits include alternative forms of access to Lowry Pueblo -- part of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and tactile hands-on corn grinding and weaving.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs are welcome on the trail -- leashes are recommended.  Plastic ''poop scoop' bags are available at the base of the trail.  Thanks!

A dog water bowl is available to borrow; ask at the front desk.  Summer shade is limited and visitors should be extremely cautious about leaving their pets in vehicles. 

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