Anasazi Heritage Center and Canyons of the Ancients National

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Anasazi Heritage Center and Canyons of the Ancients National


(970) 882-5600

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The Anasazi Heritage Center is Southwest Colorado's premier archaeological museum, operated by the Bureau of Land Management since 1988. Located west of Dolores, Colorado, on Colorado Highway 184, the museum interprets the history and culture of the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Trail of the Ancients, and the Four Corners region. A pathway from the Center leads to the Dominguez and Escalante Pueblos, two prehistoric dwellings dating to the 1100's A.D. The museum is also the starting point for visits to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument .


  • Hiking

    A half-mile nature trail is located at the Heritage Center.

  • Historic Sites

    The museum features many exciting learning activities for visitors including permanent exhibits on archaeology, local history, and Native American cultures. It also has two 12th-century archaeological sites, traveling exhibits for loan, and many special events and exhibits. The nature trail also provides opportunities for cultural learning.

    educational resources for teachers a research library of archaeology & anthropology resources a research collection of over 3 million artifacts and records from archaeological projects in Southwest Colorado

  • Picnicking

    A picnic area is located on the nature trail at the Heritage Center.


The hours of the Heritage Center are as follows: 9-5 March through October; 10-4 November throughFebruary

Park Partners

Canyonlands Natural History Association

Canyonlands Natural History Association (CNHA) is a nonprofit organization established to assist the scientific and educational efforts of the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the USDA Forest Service, agencies that together oversee more than 7.5 million acres of federal land in southeast Utah and the Four Corners Area.

(435) 259-6003



From Dolores, travel west on State Highway 145, then turn west (right) on State Highway 184. Or if you are coming from Cortez, travel north on State Highway 145, then turn west (left) on State Highway 184.

Phone Numbers


(970) 882-5600