Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum is currently open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To create a safe space for visitors and staff while in the building the following guidelines are in place:
-Stay at least 6 feet from others
-Clean your hands regularly
-Reschedule your visit if you feel unwell.
-Wear a face covering while indoors.*
*If you are fully vaccinated (at least 2 weeks past your final dose), you are no longer required to wear a mask.
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.
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