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Anasazi Heritage Center
Bureau of Land Management

27501 Highway 184
Dolores, Colorado

Phone: 970-882-4811 --
TTY: 970-882-4825

Statement of Purpose:

Preserve and explain regional archaeology, and the prehistoric and modern Native cultures of the Four Corners region

The Anasazi Heritage Center (AHC) is a museum for the study and interpretation of prehistoric cultures in the Four Corners region. The AHC curates more than two million records and artifacts resulting from the Dolores Archaeological Program and other archaeological work in the area.

Interpretation and study of Four Corners cultures; exhibits, films, and special programs; museum shop.


Two archaeological sites dating to the 1100s; permanent exhibits on archaeology and prehistoric Native American culture; changing exhibits on a variety of historic and natural history topics, emphasizing modern and historic Native American culture of the Four Corners region.

You will find exhibits about ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) life, local history, Native American culture, modern archaeology, and our public lands.

Escalante and Dominguez pueblos are ancient Pueblo sites to see.

The museum shop features books, cards, posters, replicas of excavated pottery, and an archaeology and education section.

We are a federal repository for over 2 million artifacts and research records from the Dolores Archaeological Program -- the largest public archaeology project in U.S. history-- and ongoing archaeology projects on public lands in this area.


Displays on the process of archaeology and the lifestyles of ancient Native Americans. TOUCH THE PAST with hands-on, interactive exhibits in the Discovery Area!LEARN about Four Corners archaeological sites through interactive computer simulations.WEAVE on a Pueblo-style loom. GRIND corn into meal using stone tools called a mano and a metate. TOUCH real artifacts-- bone drills, stone points, pottery, etc.-- excavated from ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) sites. DISCOVER the age of a wood sample by matchng it to a tree-ring chart.

SEE how an early Pueblo household was furnished in a reconstructed pithouse. FIND a cross-section of the replica pithouse in an archaeologist's test trench. DISCOVER many more displays on archaeology in the Main Gallery.

OUTSIDE: LEARN about Dominguez Pueblo, right in front of the museum. This four-room unit probably was home to one or two families. DISCOVER the Escalante Pueblo, a compact village of the mid-1100s. Its style reflects the Chaco culture which was concentrated in northwestern New Mexico



Through 1999

Our hallway exhibit recalls the last century of history in the Dolores River Valley of Southwest Colorado


January-March, 1999

Photographer Barbara Van Cleve was born and raised on a Montana ranch. Her images capture the spirit and true-grit

realities of the ranching life.


April-May 1999.From the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

This series of rare images documents key events-- such as exploration, building railroads, the Mormon settlement of

Utah-- as well as everyday life on the western frontier.

The exhibit displays work from 19 early photographers such as John Hillers, Eadweard Muybridge, William Henry Jackson and Adam Clark Vroman.


June-August 1999. From the Pueblo of Zuni.

Discover the artistic heritage of the Ashiwi (Zuni) people who are world-famous for their pottery, silver, and carved fetishes.


October-December, 1999 From the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

Original lithographs and engravings represent well-known 19th century artists such as John James Audubon, George Catlin,

Albert Bierstadt and Fredrick Remington.

Seeds of Change; Navajo Weaving; Have you ever seen a rainbow at night?


Movie: Unraveling the Mystery (18 minutes, captioned). The story of the Four Corners from 10,000 BC to AD 1300; McPhee Reservoir Project, Dolores Archaeological Project, and the Anasazi Heritage Center. Shown at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, etc. or by special arrangement.

Discovery Area: Hands-on, interactive exhibits in the Main Exhibit Gallery. (Suggested times are flexible.)

Pithouse: Furnished, partial reconstruction of a typical early household occupied about AD 900. 5-15 minutes per group.

Test Trench: Shows a cross-section of the same pithouse which is replicated in the gallery. 5-15 minutes per group.

Other Exhibits: Many more displays in the Main Gallery (see gallery map). Also visit the current exhibit in the Special Exhibit Gallery (see ).

Museum Shop: Allow extra time if you want to visit the museum shop as part of your visit.


Dominguez Pueblo: In front of the museum. This four-room unit probably was home to one or two families.

Picnic Area: Six tables at the beginning of the trail to Escalante Pueblo. There are no food or vending machines. Please use our recycle bin for aluminum cans.

Escalante Trail: One-half mile trail. Paved, uphill, wheelchair-accessible. Excellent 360ø view of area.Signs along the trail identify local plants.

Escalante Pueblo: This compact village of the mid-1100s was influenced by the Chaco culture which was concentrated in northwestern New Mexico. Pick up a free guidebook at the trailhead.


9-5 daily (March thru October)

9-4 daily (November thru February)

Closed on Thanksgivings Day.


$3 for adults; 17 and under are free
Groups are welcomed. Orientation packets containing activities and information for teachers and educational groups are available. We recommend that student groups arrange visits in advance.



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