Preservation & Archaeology

State Historic Preservation Office

The preservation programs of the State Historic Preservation Office are at the heart of History Colorado’s mission to engage Coloradans in discovering, preserving, and taking pride in our architectural and archaeological heritage by providing statewide leadership and support for preserving the places that make Colorado unique.

Archaeology is fundamentally important to the economic, social, and environmental vitality of the State of Colorado. Explore our report on the benefits that this wide-ranging discipline brings to all corners of the state and to all Coloradans.

In order to facilitate Federal and State Compliance projects, the State Historic Preservation Office is recommending that site forms, survey reports, grant deliverables, and GIS shapefiles be submitted digitally. For more information, please visit our Submitting your Data to SHPO page.

Cultural Resources Support Services

Survey & Inventory Resources

A great starting point for historical and archaeological survey resources, including forms, contexts and records access.

Join the preservation conversation!

History Colorado’s State Historic Preservation Office is renewing the statewide action plan for historic preservation, and inviting the public to collaborate in drafting the upcoming 2030 Statewide Preservation Plan.

Archaeology & Preservation events