Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum: More than an outstanding museum sharing the story of Ancestral Pueblo and other cultures of the Southwest, the Visitor Center and Museum features a research collection of over 3.5 million artifacts and records from archaeological projects in Southwest Colorado, two 12th century archaeological sites, special exhibits and events, educational resources, internships, a research library, a nature trail, and a museum shop. As headquarters to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, it’s the ideal place to begin your adventure into the past. Find out more about the Visitor Center and Museum here.
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument: Pinyon-juniper forests, red rock canyons, and surprising seeps of water lay the backdrop for thousands of years of human occupation. For over 12,000 years people have called the 176,000 acres that is now Canyons of the Ancients National Monument home. Vestiges of their lives remain for us to appreciate and study: the densest region of archaeological sites in all of North America. Three Wilderness Study Areas provide an extra layer of serenity. Cahone Canyon, Cross Canyon, and Squaw/Papoose Canyon comprise approximately 3300 acres of pinyon-juniper woodlands and riparian and sagebrush ecosystems for travel on foot only. Find out more about Canyons of the Ancients here.
Where we are: Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and the Visitor Center and Museum are tucked away in the Southwest Corner of Colorado, just west of Cortez, Colorado and bordering Utah.