THE Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA) will host the Alliance of National Heritage Areas 2022 Fall Conference Oct. 10-14. As of 2022, there are 55 National Heritage Areas designated nationwide, and representatives from each of the designated areas will gather in Alamosa and the San Luis Valley to discuss their programs and to learn from each other.

SdCNHA is inviting partners and local businesses to donate products, stickers, brochures, etc. for gift bags for our visitors, allowing the Alliance of National Heritage Areas attendees to take home a little bit of the San Luis Valley home with them. Businesses can also be a sponsor of the conference. For information, contact Alina Marquez at 719-580-8044 or email

National Heritage Areas is a program within the National Park Service. Heritage Areas are places where historic, cultural, and natural resources combine to form cohesive, nationally important landscapes. Unlike national parks, National Heritage Areas are large lived-in landscapes. Consequently, National Heritage Area entities collaborate with communities to determine how to make heritage relevant to local interests and needs.

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area encompasses 3,000 square-miles consisting of Alamosa County, Conejos County, and Costilla County. The area represents a unique blend of Native American, Hispano and Anglo settlements that is reflected in the diversity of the people, art and traditions of the San Luis Valley.