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.