The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, which includes more than 3,000 square miles of south-central Colorado, was dedicated August 29, 2009.
The mission of the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area is to promote, preserve, protect,and interpret its profound historical, religious,environmental, geographic, geologic, cultural,and linguistic resources. These efforts will contribute to the overall national story, engender a spirit of pride and self-reliance, and create a legacy in the Colorado counties of Alamosa,Conejos and Costilla.
With 11,000 years of documented human habitation, the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area is a crossroads of the centuries. Here a unique blend of Native American, Hispano and Anglo settlement is reflected in the diversity of the people, art and traditions. The geographic isolation of our high desert valley and the peoples' enduring ties to the land have given rise to a rich cultural heritage and ensured its preservation. The area's fertile cultural landscape is complemented by remarkable natural resources, including the mighty Rio Grande, majestic Rocky Mountain peaks, Great Sand Dunes National Park, National Wildlife Refuges, and the high mountain desert, all of which lend the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area an unparalleled beauty that offers a sense of retreat and a powerful source of inspiration for visitors.
Board Members and Executive Director
Costilla County: Joe Gallegos, Dana Maestas, Loretta MItsonand Robert Rael
Conejos County: Lawrence Gallegos, Mitchell Jarvies, and Felix Lopez
Alamosa County: Tawney Becker and Marianne Dunn, and Chris Canaly
Executive Director: Christina Gallegos - Email:Cgallegos@SdCNHA.org
Bison at the Zapata Ranch
Courtesy Mallory Olenius
Joing the SdCNHA for Its Monthly Board Meeting
The board meets at 4:30 pm the last Wednesday of each month. The location rotates from county to county.