Lowry Turns 50! Updated schedule for 10/7/17

Lowry at 50: A Celebration of 50 Years as a National Historic Landmark

DOLORES, Colo. – Come one, come all! Join Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance with Bureau of Land Management Anasazi Heritage Center and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument staff in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Lowry Pueblo’s designation as a National Historic Landmark.

Lowry Pueblo is an ancient Puebloan ruin (managed by the BLM) featuring a large complex with 40 rooms, eight underground ceremonial rooms and a Great Kiva.  The Great House and Great Kiva were occupied in A.D. 1100s, and it was excavated in the 1930s and stabilized in 1965.

The anniversary celebration on Saturday, Oct. 7, begins at 10 a.m. at the BLM Anasazi Heritage Center (27501 Hwy. 184, Dolores, CO 81323). Vince MacMillan, BLM Archaeologist, will share information on a variety of work that has been completed at Lowry Pueblo, including lidar imaging, a film in conjunction with CyArk (a non-profit organization working to ensure heritage sites are available to future generations, while making them uniquely accessible), Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record documentation and visual landscape documentation. MacMillan has worked in partnership with the University of Colorado at Denver, CyArk, the Maryland Institute College of Art and Native American Tribal Consultants to bring these efforts to fruition.

In addition to the presentation, BLM staff and volunteers will provide guided tours of Escalante Pueblo and the Wetherill Family exhibit at the Anasazi Heritage Center. Activities for children, ages 8 and older, will be available from SCCA and Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. A parent should accompany children.

After lunch on your own, two shuttles provided by CCAC, depart at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. for Lowry Pueblo for an interactive tours including throwing spears with atlatls for the kids. The shuttles will return to AHC at about 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

“The BLM appreciates Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance support in establishing the tours, children’s activities and refreshments,” said Marietta Eaton, BLM Monument Manager. “We’re also excited to greet the public and share insight into Lowry Pueblo as we celebrate the National Historic Landmark anniversary.”

Please R.S.V.P. to reserve your spot on a shuttle by emailing swcocanyons@gmail.com or calling 970-560-1643. Specify number of people and if you prefer the 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. shuttle. Shuttles accommodate up to 15 passengers. Parking at Lowry Pueblo is limited, and parking on the county road is prohibited.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

Times Location Activity Description
10-10:30 a.m. AHC Lowry Room Introduction, Treats, Mingling
10:30-10:45 a.m. AHC Theater Lowry Pueblo CyArk Film
10:45-11:45 a.m. AHC Theater Lowry Pueblo: Keystone of Canyons of the Ancients
10:45-11:45 a.m. AHC Campus Kids Activities by SCCA: Why Build on a Hill? / Scavenger Hunt

Kids Activity by CCAC: cultural education

11:45 a.m. Lunch on your own
12:30 p.m. AHC Parking Lot Shuttle #1 departs to Lowry Pueblo (30-minute drive)
12:30-1:30 p.m. AHC Lobby Wetherill Family Exhibit Tour
12:30-1:30 p.m. AHC Campus Escalante Pueblo Guided Tour
1-2 p.m. Lowry Pueblo Guided Tour #1
1-2 p.m. Lowry Pueblo Kids Activities by SCCA: Atlatls and Spears, Split-Twig Figures
1:30 p.m. AHC Parking Lot Shuttle #2 departs to Lowry Pueblo (30-minute drive)
2 p.m. Lowry Parking Lot Shuttle #1 departs to AHC (30-minute drive)
2-3 p.m. Lowry Pueblo Guided Tour #2
2-3 p.m. Lowry Pueblo Kids Activities by SCCA: Atlatls and Spears, Split-Twig Figures
3 p.m. Lowry Parking Lot Shuttle #2 departs to AHC (30-minute drive)


Admission is to the Anasazi Heritage Center is free during the event.  For more information, call 970-882-5600.