The Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, Colorado, is the ONLY museum in the Bureau of Land Management. It provides exceptional information about the Ancestral Pueblo People who lived in the area for thousands of years. The museum has an extensive curriculum ideally suited to all age groups. There is no cost for school groups to attend and museum educators are provided for free.
The museum, however, is located in a financially strapped area of Colorado. Many schools have no funding for transportation costs for field trips. Bucks for Buses, a program of Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance, has stepped in and provides reimbursement to schools of up to $100 to cover the cost of fuel and, partially, the pay for the bus drivers.
This area of Southwest Colorado boasts the highest density of pre-historic archaeological sites in all of North America. Its geology, plant, and animal life has contributed to lifeways of people for thousands of years and still provides impact on current inhabitants. Students growing up in the area can learn from and appreciate the cultures that came before at the Anasazi Heritage Center Museum.