Canyon Pintado National Historic District

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Canyon Pintado National Historic District

Colorado

(970) 878-3800

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Overview

The Canyon Pintado National Historic District encompasses over 16,000 acres of public land along 15 miles of State Highway 139 and includes hundreds of archaeological sites, most deriving from the Fremont Culture (c. AD 0-1300) and Ute (c. AD 1300-1881) occupations of the Douglas Creek canyon. The name "Canyon Pintado," meaning "Painted Canyon," comes from the journal of Frey Francisco Silvestre Velez de Escalante. As a chronicler of the 1776 Escalante-Dominguez Expedition he wrote about some of the Native American pictographs included in the self-guided tour.

Seven premiere rock art locations and archaeological sites have been made available to the public, and are posted with interpretative panels. These sites are highlighted on the map on the webpage. A similar map may be found in the Canyon Pintado interpretative brochure, available at the White River Field Office and elsewhere.

Map of Canyon Pintado Nat'l District

Latitude, Longitude: 40.006711, -108.800783

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    Seven premiere rock art locations and archaeological sites have been made available to the public and are posted with interpretative panels. These sites are highlighted on the map on the website . A similar map may be found in the Canyon Pintado interpretative brochure, available at the White River Field Office and elsewhere.

Seasonality/Weather

The White River Field Office is open Monday - Friday 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed on Federal Holidays. The Historic Site is free and open year-round.

Directions

Driving

From Rangely, Colorado (junction of State Highways 64 and 139), travel south on Highway 139. The District begins about three miles south and continues for 15 miles.

Flying

The nearest city to the Historic Site is Rangely, CO which is located 275 miles from Denver, CO.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(970) 878-3800

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