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“WOW!! VERY interesting place!”

The Anasazi Heritage Center
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Dolores
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Southwest Colorado's premier archaeological museum, featuring the Ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi) and other Native American cultures, including two archaeological sites and a research collection of over 3 million artifacts.
Reviewed 25 September 2013

LOTS of anasazi pottery to view, and MANY color photos on walls that allow you see more artifacts. Very well done place.

Thank nancyadams
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"mesa verde"
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"four corners"
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"ancestral pueblo"
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"excellent museum"
in 9 reviews
"visitor center"
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"interactive exhibits"
in 10 reviews
"native peoples"
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"hands on activities"
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"special exhibit"
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"national monument"
in 12 reviews
"all ages"
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"parks pass"
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"better understanding"
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"small museum"
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"on display"
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"grind corn"
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

I really didn't expect an outstanding museum from the Bureau of Land Management. (In fact, I wouldn't expect the BLM to do museums at all.) But this topped the other museums we visited in the area, including the museum and the visitor center at Mesa Verde.

The museum gives you an excellent background on anthropology in the Four Corners, and it's stuffed with pottery, arrow heads, photos, textiles, you name it. There's a life-sized display of an ancestoral Puebloan dwelling, dioramas and also a photo exhibit about the Utes, who are overlooked in many other regional museums.

The museum also features demonstration gardens of native and low-water plants - handsome and useful.

Don't miss the videos. They are very good.

The entrance fee is very modest, and if you have a National Parks pass, that gets you in so that it's free.

1  Thank Nicolette T
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

They have an excellent museum. One of the things we did is go on a BLM tour of the artifacts that are not on display. They do a behind the scenes every Thursday at 2 p.m. Until October. It was amazing to see how much that is being stored and catalogued in the basement. There are three and a half million artifacts. They have to account for every bead, every shard, every pot, photos. Anyway, it was very interesting and well worth the hour of time it took.

Thank Patty W
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

If you have a few hours to spare, spend them at the McPhee Reservoir nature center. Lots to learn about the area and the Indians. Be sure to purchase some Anasazi beans too. Follow the directions on the package to make. Really delish!

Thank NemoWinsAgain
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

We visited the Center before we went to Mesa Verde and Hovenweep and were glad we did. Lots of information, easily accessible, and helpful, friendly staff. Made the trip to Mesa Verde that much more meaningful.

Thank Nancy O
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