Living West

Living West – Fierce Yet fragile

Colorado’s environment has shaped human history. At the same time, people’s choices have shaped the land. And for centuries, water—so scarce and so vital—has been the key to thriving, or just surviving, in this changing, thirsty land.

For the History Colorado Center’s second exhibition phase comes Living West, a groundbreaking new 7,000-square-foot exhibit that explores the living dynamics between the people of Colorado and their state’s extraordinary environment.

Things to See and Do

Mesa Verde
Explore life in Mesa Verde and see History Colorado’s renowned collections of ceramics, basketry, and other archaeological finds. Experience the epic “Black Sunday” of the 1930s in the Dust Bowl theater. Decide who gets (and doesn’t get) Colorado’s most precious resource: water. Take a 4 1/2 minute trip from Denver to Breckenridge with Susie Wargin. And discover why we can only make Colorado our home today if we know how to keep our mountain ecosystems healthy for tomorrow.

Kids’ Activity Book & Free Kids’ Admission

The Living West Activity Book is chock-full of fun crafts, recipes, and activities kids and parents can do together,  including a clothespin grasshopper you can make and wear to the History Colorado Center!  Click to download! (PDF)


Hungry for More?

Download recipes inspired by the exhibit. Each recipe was created by Chef Kurt Boucher and will also be featured at Café Rendezvous in the History Colorado Center.

Carrot Puree (PDF)
Short Ribs (PDF)
Wild Game Goulash (PDF)
Crème Fraiche (PDF)
Potato Cakes (PDF)

Voices – Perspectives on Pueblo History and Culture

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center logo

Additional material from the Living West exhibit is available at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

Visit their page for longer versions of Living West interviews with Pueblo people and archaeologists discussing Pueblo history and culture.

Sponsored By:

Denver Water