7 Places to Share Colorado’s Rich Cultural Heritage With Your Kids
posted by: Amber Johnson
You don’t have to travel far to experience many different cultures in Colorado. Below is a sampling of experiences that showcase the state’s rich cultural heritage.
Black American West Museum & Heritage Center, Denver: Located in the historically black neighborhood of Five Points, the Black American West Museum features exhibits, events, a gift shop and rental space. The museum was originally founded to share stories of black cowboys, but now includes the tales of black settlers and homesteaders who helped shape the West.
Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, Dolores: Covering 176,000 acres, the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is a rugged and breathtaking landscape containing the highest known density of archaeological sites in the United States. 6,000 ancient sites, some visible to the eye, dot the landscape, including cliff dwellings, villages and rock art. Plus, the monument is just 10 miles from the heart of Cortez. The outdoor site contains miles of trails ideal for hiking, mountain biking and by horseback.
Comal Heritage Food Incubator, Denver: Comal is a lunch spot with the goal of training low-income women, many of whom are immigrants and refugees from Mexico, El Salvador, Syria, Ethiopia and Iraq, in restaurant and business skills.
Indigenous Roots LLC, Weston: Indigenous Roots offers an authentic living history immersion experience that includes educational offerings on history, human geography, sustainability and cultural anthropology from a Native American perspective. Participants live in a tipi village near the historic Santa Fe Trail for a four-day, three-night program learning through firsthand experience and deepening understanding of traditional Native American culture.
Latino Outdoors Colorado Chapter, Statewide: Latino Outdoors works to inspire, connect and engage Latino communities in the outdoors and has an active Colorado chapter. The group organizes outdoor recreation experiences, promotes conservation and recreation across the state, and gives community members the chance to connect and enjoy the natural wonder of the state.
Mango House, Aurora: Mango House is a refugee resource center with several non-profits operating inside, along with a food hall with international offerings, including Burmese, Sudanese, Syrian and Somali cuisine.
Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, Mystic San Luis Valley Region: The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area is located in south central Colorado and was designated a heritage area in 2009. Originally settled more than 11,000 years ago, the region has been home to Pueblo, Ute, Latino and Anglo people, all who have created a distinct cultural region.