About the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

Stewarded by Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in southwestern Colorado contains a huge number of archaeological sites–more than 6,000 recorded so far, and up to 100 per square mile in some places–representing Ancestral Puebloan and other Native American cultures. This 174,000-acres area is near Hovenweep National Monument and Mesa Verde National Park and was set aside to preserve and protect the largest concentration of archaeological sites in the U.S. Most of the archaeological sites in this “outdoor museum” are not apparent to the untrained eye, and precise locations are not publicized. This is a place to explore on your own, mainly on foot. Just a few miles away is the Anasazi Heritage Center, Southwest Colorado’s premier archaeological museum of the Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) and other Native cultures of the Four Corners region. The museum is a great place to start when visiting the region.

From the blog

  • 10.10.13

    Closed Part 2- The Friends Grassroots Network Experiences the Impact of the Shutdown

    Since the shutdown, the Friends Grassroots Network has directly experienced the effects through the termination of all volunteer activities and events.  The government shutdown has also led to: the closure of visitor centers including Friends offices; cancelation of all recreational and education events; and serious economic impacts on gateway communities … read more

  • 09.27.13

    Artists Present Works on Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

    DOLORES, Colo. – A painter, sculptor and cellist who spent a month collaborating with scientists at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument bridging the gap between art and scientific perspectives on wilderness will present their work at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Anasazi Heritage Center. The project, entitled “Aldo … read more

  • 08.20.13

    World Class Resources, Shoestring Budget: Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

    This week the Durango Herald highlighted one of the most important areas in the National Conservation Lands: Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.  Located in southwest Colorado, Canyons of the Ancients contains more than 6000 archeological sites and exceptional recreational opportunities. As the Herald points out, the Bureau of Land … read more