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The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area

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 March 30th, 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.

National Significance

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area is home to Colorado’s oldest Hispano, Agricultural and Railroad communities. It was settled by a cross section of cultures that include: Native American, Hispano, German, Dutch, Mormon, Japanese and Amish. 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 Rio Grande River, Rocky Mountain peaks, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Three National Wildlife Refuges. The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area an unparalleled beauty that offers a sense of retreat and a powerful source of inspiration for visitors. With over 11,000 years of documented human inhabitation, This is where Colorado began.

Office and Staff Information

Our Alamosa office is located at 623 4th Street in Alamosa, CO.  Office hours are 8am-5pm Monday -Friday

Our Antonito office is located at 5045 US Highway 285 in Antonito, CO. Office hours are 9am-4pm T, F, & Saturday. This office is open during the summer months only.

Julie Chacon




Katie Dokson

Marketing and Outreach Specialist



Board of Directors and Board Meetings

Join the SdCNHA for board meetings at 6:00 pm the third Wednesday of the month, with exceptions in the months of April, May, July, September and December. Meetings are held in at 623 4th Street in Alamosa. Contact our office for more details.

We are a member of the Alliance of National Heritage Areas (ANHA)


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