The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area
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The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area is located in south-central Colorado, which includes more than 3,000 square miles of the San Luis Valley, 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.
Office and Staff Information
Our office is located at 623 4th Street in Alamosa, CO.
Office hours 8am-5pm Monday -Friday
Join the SdCNHA for board meetings at 6:00 pm the third Wednesday of the month, with exceptions in the months of April, June, July, and December. Meetings are held in rotation between Alamosa, Conejos, and Costilla counties. Contact our office for more details.
We are a member of the Alliance of National Heritage Areas (ANHA)