Cultural Resources


Following the execution of the National Programmatic Agreement of 2012, each state was required to reevaluate its protocol agreement with the State Historic Preservation Office.  BLM-Colorado determined that the 1998 Colorado State Protocol Agreement needed revision, and in collaboration with the Colorado SHPO, produced the draft document referenced below.  A fact sheet summarizing the changes is also available.

So that we may more easily track your comments, please use the comment form.  The form may be submitted electronically or by mail by June 30, 2014, to:

Dan Haas
2850 Youngfield St.
Lakewood, CO  80215




The Colorado BLM cultural resources program manages archaeological, historical and traditional cultural properties and museum collections. Government to government relations with American Indian tribes that have cultural and historic ties to Colorado is essential to protecting cultural and natural resources on public land.

More than 48,000 cultural resource sites are recorded on Colorado's public lands dating from 12,000 years ago. There are 535 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places including 4 National Historic Landmarks. Significant sites include prehistoric Fremont rock art, ancestral Anasazi pueblos, Ute villages, and historic mines and towns. 

Popular visitor destinations include Lowry Pueblo, Sand Canyon Pueblo and Canyon PintadoThe Anasazi Heritage Center (AHC), near the town of Dolores, houses several million artifacts, and includes exhibit areas and a laboratory. The AHC is part of the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument (CANM) which was designated in 2000. CANM provides special protection and recognition for about 164,000 acres containing one of the highest known densities of archaeological sites in the American Southwest.

Cultural News

BLM's Tribal Consultation Outreach and Programmatic Agreement