Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance

Hike the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument!

Life supporting water on the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
Hike to see amazing Ancestral sites!
Site Steward Monitoring
Saddlehorn Pueblo on the Sand Canyon Trail
Great Kiva at Lowry Pueblo
Ancestral Puebloan Sites in CANM
Youth Summit at Escalante Pueblo
Tours by SCCA!
Protecting our Cultural Resources
Ancient Doorways
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We collaborate with the Bureau of Land Management to engage the public through education, outreach, and stewardship for the use and enjoyment of the natural and cultural landscape of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and nearby public lands.

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Visit the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum

Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum is Southwest Colorado’s premier archaeological museum, operated by the Bureau of Land Management since 1988. All museum facilities are wheelchair-accessible.

Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum is a museum focusing on Ancestral Puebloan, Native American, and historic cultures in the Four Corners region. It is also headquarters for visitors traveling to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

Features include:

  • Permanent exhibits on archaeology, local history and Native American cultures
  • Two 12th-century archaeological sites (Ask a volunteer about the visiting these sites just outside of the museum.)
  • Special exhibits and events
  • Educational resources for teachers
  • Internships for enrolled and recently graduated college students
  • Research library of archaeology and anthropology resources
  • Research collection of more than 3 million artifacts and records from archaeological projects in Southwest Colorado
  • Picnic area and half-mile nature trail
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Please call 970-882-5600 for customer services that may be available by phone or email on days the Visitor Center is not open. A “Virtual Ranger Station” will be stocked with maps, brochures, and junior ranger booklets and can be found next to the Visitor Center’s parking lot 24/7.
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SCCA promotes preservation and education for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and its Visit

Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, we've raised 10% of our goal to support programming throughout the summer. We're energized by the community's response, however, we still have a way to go, and your contribution can make a tremendous difference.Check out the impact your support has had this year so far:🌟 Resource Protection: We held the annual training for our Site Stewardship Program in April. It was amazing to see how these dedicated volunteers have deeply connected with the land and its history. Their efforts are crucial in protecting these precious sites for future generations. 🌟 Youth Engagement: Recently, 11 enthusiastic first and second graders visited Lowry Pueblo, where they learned firsthand about the environment and history. This experience instilled in them a strong sense of responsibility and stewardship for our public lands.🌟 Cultural Enrichment: During last week's cultural demonstration, visitors were captivated by the artistry of replicating pottery sherds in silver. They also gained invaluable insights into the demonstrator's perspective cultural artifacts and honoring their ancestors, enriching their understanding of cultural heritage.🌟 Community Collaboration: Our Earth Day Cleanup was a huge success thanks to the incredible support from our community. One standout was having a team from Osprey join us for the day. Their hard work made a significant difference and their dedication and enthusiasm to participate in future events is a testament to the power of community collaboration.Your support makes these impactful experiences possible. Please consider making a donation today to help us continue this important work. Together, we can preserve and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of our region.✨ Donate Today✨swcocanyons.app.neoncrm.com/forms/spring-into-acti#supportnonprofitsI#Communityp#Conservation #culturalresourcesv#culturalheritages#youthengagementH#VolunteerVoicesg#communitysupportr#CanyonsOfTheAncientso#nationalmonumentn#southwestcoloradon#southwestt#Colorador#cortezcolorado##montezumacountyC#swcocanyonstezumaCounty #swcocanyons ... See MoreSee Less
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🎨🌟 Discover the vibrant spirit of indigenous art and culture at the Four Corners Indigenous Art Market at Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum on June 15, 2024! 🌟🎨Hosted by the Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance in collaboration with the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center, this one-day event celebrates the rich artistic traditions of the Four Corners region. Join us for a day filled with art, music, dance, and cultural demonstrations as Native artisans share their stories, traditions, and talents. Explore a diverse array of artwork, from traditional pottery and jewelry to contemporary paintings and sculptures. Experience the beauty and cultural richness of the Four Corners region at the Art Market, where art comes to life!We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Creative Industries and the National Endowment for the Arts' Folk and Traditional Arts Grant, Southwest Health System, and Woods Canyon Archaeological Consultants for making this event possible and for their commitment to supporting Indigenous art and culture in our community.Join us in preserving and celebrating the cultural legacy of the Four Corners region by becoming a sponsor or making a donation today! 🌟Together, let's honor and uplift Indigenous voices and cultures, fostering understanding, appreciation, and economic opportunities for Native communities. Help us make the Four Corners Indigenous Art Market a resounding success! 🌟Donate here: swcocanyons.app.neoncrm.com/forms/four-corners-native-arts-market-spo#artmarket##nativeart##indigenousartistso#ArtsandCulturea#nativeamericanculturec#CanyonsOfTheAncientsh#nationalmonumenta#southwest##Colorado #southwestcolorados#dolorescoloradoe#cortezcoloradoe#mancoscoloradoo#supportlocalp#swcocanyonswcocanyons ... See MoreSee Less
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🌿Join Us for National Trails Day! 🌿Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work for National Trails Day at Painted Hand Pueblo! Date: June 3, 2024Time: 9 amLocation: Painted Hand Pueblo TrailheadHelp us maintain and improve our beautiful trails while enjoying the great outdoors and connecting with fellow nature lovers. πŸŒ„ We'll be working on the trailhead and trail corridor for our new Accessible Trail. πŸ› οΈNo experience necessary – just bring your enthusiasm and a willingness to lend a hand! πŸ™Œ Don't forget to wear sturdy footwear and bring work gloves and water. Snacks will be provided!Let's come together to celebrate our trails and preserve the cultural significance of Painted Hand Pueblo. S#NationalTrailsDayt#trailmaintenancer#volunteera#communityserviceo#preservenature##CanyonsOfTheAncientsn#nationalmonumenta#swcocanyonsn#Southewesto#Coloradoe#southwestcoloradou#dolorescoloradoD#cortezcolorado##mancoscolorado#MancosColoradoJoin us for National Trails Day this year at Painted Hand Pueblo! ... See MoreSee Less
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✨ Join us tomorrow, 5/11, at the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center & Museum between 10 am and 1 pm for a special demonstration by Mark Stevens, Laguna Pueblo, showcasing his incredible silversmithing skills! πŸ’βœ¨Mark is known worldwide for his handmade Anazasi pottery sherd replicas. He started creating these one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces in 2007 and travels the US showcasing his work in prestigious Native American art shows including the Santa Fe Indian Market, The Heard Art Market and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York City to name a few. Mark is a member of the Laguna Pueblo Native American tribe. Born and raised in southern California, Mark moved back home to Laguna Pueblo in 1996 where he has lived ever since. Laguna Pueblo is where Mark calls home and where all the jewelry is made. Laguna is one of 19 Native American tribes located in central New Mexico and is 45 miles west of Albuquerque, NM right off of Interstate 40.Don't miss this unique opportunity to witness traditional craftsmanship up close and learn about the rich cultural heritage of the Southwest. Mark will be sharing his expertise and stories behind his beautiful creations.Bring your friends and family for a memorable experience filled with history, art, and culture. See you there!Images and bio taken from Mark's website, hataweh.com/. Check it out to learn more!#CanyonsoftheAncients #NationalMonument #Silversmithing #NativeArtistry #SouthwestCulture #CulturalDemonstration #LagunaPueblo #swcocanyons ... See MoreSee Less
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