BLM renames Anasazi Heritage Center

DOLORES, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management will host a ceremony to rename the Anasazi Heritage Center as the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum at 11 a.m.Saturday, Apr. 21 in Dolores. 

“We encourage the public to stop by the Anasazi Heritage Center before they discover for themselves the vast array of opportunities to explore Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, so that we can help tailor an experience they will never forget,” said Marietta Eaton, BLM Monument Manager. “The Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum offers the public a place to learn about safely traveling across this beautifully rugged landscape, while simultaneously learning about the area through permanent and rotating exhibits that feature ancestral Puebloan cultures.” 

The ceremony includes free admittance into the museum, a guided hike to Escalante Pueblo, a museum tour featuring the rotating exhibit “Trowels, Trading Posts and Travels:  The Wetherill Family” exhibit, children’s activities and the kick off to the seasonal curation tours featuring a behind the scenes look at artifacts. 

Keynote speakers include Casey Hammond, DOI Deputy Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals; Greg Shoop, BLM Colorado Acting State Director; Marietta Eaton, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Manager; as well as a local tribal member and elected officials.

“We are excited to continue promoting the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum as a stepping off point of exploring America’s highest density of archaeological sites on this amazing cultural landscape,” said Eaton. “We hope our local community members are re-inspired to visit us while encouraging family and friends from around the world to learn about our offerings.”

The Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum is located at 27501 Hwy. 184. To learn more, go to or call 970-882-5600.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.

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Shannon Borders