Preservation & Archaeology

Compass Information

Compass is provided by the Colorado State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in an effort to provide qualified individuals with access to much of the data available from the main SHPO cultural resource database.

In order to facilitate Federal and State Compliance projects during the current COVID-19 shut down, the SHPO is recommending that site forms, survey reports, and GIS shapefiles, be submitted digitally.  For more information, please visit our Submitting your Data page.

Compass Logo Design Contest - Open for submissions through June 1, 2022

The State of Colorado’s Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (OAHP) will be releasing a new
and much improved version of the Compass Online Cultural Resource Database platform in Summer
2022. As part of the roll‐out for this new system, we are looking to update our current Compass logo so
that it better represents our new and improved system, as well as engage our current users and attract
new users. The winning design will become the logo for the new Compass platform and
the individual/team responsible for creating that design will win an annual Compass subscription for up
to ten (10) individuals in their organization. Please refer to the contest rules and eligibility document for more information.

Compass Information

Compass users can perform searches based on:

  • location
  • cultural site attributes
  • cultural resource management criteria

Who can use Compass?

  • cultural resource professionals
  • researchers

What else?

SHPO offers qualified users a ten-day trial period to become familiar with the system.  A subscription to use the system beyond the trial period is a nonrefundable annual fee based on the size of your organization. 

The subscription fee is waived for the staff of non-profit and Higher Education organizations.

If you are interested in taking advantage of the trial period or subscribing to Compass, please read our information packet (PDF) which contains important details about Compass and a user application.

Now you can view sites and surveys on a variety of map layers in our General Purpose Viewer.  Want to learn more?  Check out the tutorials on the History Colorado YouTube channel.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

More information:

Submitting Your Data

Information Packet with Application

GIS Information

Information about Cultural Resource Files