Canyons Of The Ancients Visitor Center & Museum, Dolores

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The Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum (formerly the Anasazi Heritage Center) located in Dolores, Colorado, is an archaeological museum of Native American pueblo and hunter-gatherer cultures. Two 12th-century archaeological sites, the Escalante and Dominguez Pueblos, at the center were once home to Ancient Pueblo peoples. The museum's permanent and special exhibits display some of the 3 million mostly Ancestral Puebloan artifacts curated at the facility. The center also houses a public research library, educational resources and a museum shop. Wheelchair-accessible facilities include a picnic area and an interpreted nature and cultural trail.
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  • After visiting Mesa Verde NP we stopped at this visitors center. The volunteer staff is very helpful. There are 2 short movies about the history of natives living in the park area which are the the....  more
    After visiting Mesa Verde NP we stopped at this visitors center. The volunteer staff is very helpful. There are 2 short movies about the history of natives living in the park area which are the the....  more »
  • We stopped by to pick up some brochures and materials for our volunteer work outside the museum when it is closed on Sundays and Mondays. As always we were so impressed by this beautiful museum in... 
    We stopped by to pick up some brochures and materials for our volunteer work outside the museum when it is closed on Sundays and Mondays. As always we were so impressed by this beautiful museum in...  more »
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  • This is a great place to start your exploration of the Southwest Colorado archaeological sites. There is a small museum inside with a very large concentration of information and artifacts on the ancient puebloan cultures and way of and way of life in this region. There are also care centers that show the work and research done in this field with identification and excavation and preservation of other sites. You could spend hours here and really leave with a great understanding of much of the work that's being done in this region to better understand the early inhabitants. It's also a great way to get a better sense of what you're looking at as you head out around the region to look at other sites. Is it cost to visit the museum portion of the facility but if you have a national parks pass that covers the cost. The facility is nicely kept beautifully designed and there's also a small gift shop and restrooms along with a good offering of books maps and other resources for your adventure and exploration around the region. There's a short half mile walk that is fully paved from The visitor center up to a site that sits atop the hill. It's easy to access and a beautiful sight and gives you an amazing view over the reservoir and the valley.
  • This is probably the most comprehensive collection of Native American history I have ever seen in one place. It's beautiful. It's not huge but the pieces and the exhibits they have are very well done. If you're even slightly interested in history like this I 100% recommend checking this out. There is also a .5 mile walk you can do that leads to some Indian ruins. It's very cool with wonderful views.

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