BLM hosts public meetings to discuss potential fee increase at the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum

CORTEZ, Colo. – On Dec. 4 and 6, the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument (CANM) will host two public meetings to discuss a proposed fee increase for the monument’s visitor center and museum. Fees have not increased since 1988 and the proposal raises fees from $3 to $5, and will be collected year-round.

The increased revenue would provide opportunities to support programs and projects that directly benefit the museum and its visitors. The proposal also includes offering a free visitation day on the last Saturday of the month and the option for locals in Montezuma and Dolores Counties to purchase an annual pass for $10.

“The purpose of the meetings is to hear from the public,” says CANM manager Marietta Eaton. “We look forward to a productive dialogue with the many users who enjoy this special area.”

The meetings will be from 4 – 6 p.m. on each day at the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum, 27501 CO-184, Dolores, Colo., and will include a short presentation explaining the fee proposal, followed by an open discussion with the participants.

If unable to make the meetings and would like to provide feedback, please contact the BLM at (970) 882-5600 or


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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