From Dolores, Colorado, travel west on State Highway 145, then turn west (right) on State Highway 184. Or if you are coming from Cortez, travel north on State Highway 145, then turn west (left) on State Highway 184. Continue on 184 for approximately 1 mile and the Visitor Center will be on your right.
AUTO TOURING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, HIKING, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, PHOTOGRAPHY
The Canyon of the Ancients Visitor Center is the headquarters for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and the premier archaeological museum in southwest Colorado. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the Heritage Center before heading to the Monument to get information, maps and other publications. Interpretive exhibits, films, a research library, educational resources and special programs and events interpret the history and culture of the ancestral Pueblo and other Native American peoples, as well as the historic Anglo settlers. On its way to the Monument, the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway conveniently passes right by the Visitor Center. The Old Spanish National Historic Trail, a 19th century Mexican trade route, also runs through this area. For more information, please contact the Canyon of the Ancients Visitor Center.