To create a safe space for visitors and staff while in the building the following guidelines are in place:
-Face coverings are required when COVID transmission rates are high in Montezuma County. Call the visitor center at the number below for current conditions.
-Stay at least 6 feet from others.
-Clean your hands regularly.
-Reschedule your visit if you feel unwell.
Please call 970-882-5600 for customer services that may be available by phone or email on days the Visitor Center is not open. A "Virtual Ranger Station" will be stocked with maps, brochures, and junior ranger booklets and can be found next to the Visitor Center's parking lot 24/7.
Commercial Tour Group Operators: Please call (970) 882-5612 to schedule your visit one month in advance. Museum admission is $7 per person. Tours visiting the monument are required to obtain a special recreation permit. Information on how to apply for a special recreation permit is provided below.
Special Recreation Permits: Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and Tres Rios Field Office will accept commercial Special Recreation Permit Applications and modification requests for the following year during the month of September (September 1-30). This includes existing permittees requesting permit modifications such as requesting additional use areas or proposing changes to the pre-existing purposes and/or activities authorized. Please review the CANM/TRFO Special Recreation Permit Policy for additional information.
Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum is Southwest Colorado's premier archaeological museum, operated by the Bureau of Land Management since 1988. All museum facilities are wheelchair-accessible.
Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum is a museum focusing on Ancestral Puebloan, Native American, and historic cultures in the Four Corners region. It is also headquarters for visitors traveling to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.
- Permanent exhibits on archaeology, local history and Native American cultures
- Two 12th-century archaeological sites (Ask a volunteer about the visiting these sites just outside of the museum.)
- Special exhibits and events
- Educational resources for teachers
- Internships for enrolled and recently graduated college students
- Research library of archaeology and anthropology resources
- Research collection of more than 3 million artifacts and records from archaeological projects in Southwest Colorado
- Picnic area and half-mile nature trail