2020 Highlights from Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance!
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Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance collaborates with the Bureau of Land Management to engage the public through education, outreach, and stewardship for the use and enjoyment of the natural and cultural landscape of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and nearby public lands.
Dear Friend, 

Though it is hard to get past the calamities of what has been 2020, there are a few shining moments for Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance (SCCA) to share with you.  
First, the successful launch of TOURS By SCCA. This exciting new venture undertaken by SCCA began in the spring of 2020 and includes the offering of half-day and full-day guided hiking excursions to a variety of locations in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Each of our various hiking tours is led by an experienced and knowledgeable guide and aimed at providing the participants with a unique opportunity to soak in the splendor of the natural and cultural landscape found in Canyons of the Ancients. SCCA is currently offering a wide variety of hikes ranging from easy to moderate to challenging. Clients are sharing rave reviews of their experiences, such as this comment shared to us from a recent participant:
Hiking through the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is fun and beautiful. However, hiking under the guidance and with the experience of our guide from SCCA provided a very rich and interesting contextual experience that one should not miss.
Most hikes offer panoramic views and up close encounters with ancient structures. Some of the more challenging hikes include trekking and scrambling to more remote and lesser known areas where the intrepid visitor is rewarded with elaborate rock art panels and the remarkably well preserved remains of ancient pueblo communities. More information about Tours By SCCA can be found at or to arrange a tour of your own email
Participants on a Tour By SCCA in the Sand Canyon area
SCCA’s second success of the year pertains to our continued partnership with Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in managing the Cultural Site Stewardship Program. This effort, led by Diane McBride, Cultural Site Stewardship Manager, resulted in many accomplishments including:                                                                  
  • Participation of 60 volunteer Cultural Site Stewards including 11 new stewards who joined the program this year.
  • Regular monitoring of 105 cultural sites including Ancestral Pueblo sites, Anglo or Navajo historic sites, and a Ute rock art site.  
  • Several opportunities for ongoing education for site stewards through virtual trainings and in-person field trips.
  • 1,408 hours of volunteer site stewardship and 12,917 miles of volunteer driving to protect cultural sites.
  • A WHOPPING value of $38,297 in volunteer hours and $1,808 in volunteer mileage! 
For information about how to become a SCCA volunteer for the Cultural Site Stewardship Program please visit or email Diane McBride at
SCCA Cultural Site Stewards on a field trip in the monument
This is a crucial time to give what you can to support Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance and our efforts to protect the landscape that YOU love. SCCA is incredibly grateful to announce that two local companies and several anonymous individuals  pledged to match your donation dollar for dollar up to $8,500 this giving season.
This means that every dollar that you DONATE today will have double the impact in supporting the stewardship of our local public lands!
Here’s How to Make Your Donation:
Making a donation online is easy. Go to  and scroll to “Fiscal Funds”. Find “Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance”, enter  $50, $100, $250 or any amount that you desire to contribute as a tax-deductible donation. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page, find “Donation Frequency” and select "One Time" to make your special donation to our fundraising challenge.

Thank you so much for your donation. We greatly appreciate your support!
With gratitude,
Shaine Gans
Executive Director 
Matching Challenge Made Possible By
The Generous Support Of:
Several Individual Donors
Cross Canyon Engineering
Dolores River Campground
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