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.

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.

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.

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