Canyons & Plains Halts NHA Feasibility Study

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As a result of public meetings held in June, Canyons & Plains of Southeast Colorado has decided not to proceed with the pursuit of a Feasibility Study for a National Heritage Area in Southeast Colorado.

According to Rick Manzanares, Executive Director of Canyons & Plains, “While the Board of Canyons & Plains believes that a National Heritage Area could have been a viable option for economic development within Southeast Colorado, the lack of public support at the meetings made it clear that it is not the right tool for the Southeast region.”

Manzanares adds, “Canyons & Plains will continue to pursue heritage tourism and work with heritage partners as it has done for the past 10 years.” He goes on to say, “C&P is an active organization with partners throughout the six-county area and the state. We will continue our efforts to garner support for both heritage activity and our heritage institutions.”

Canyons & Plains of Southeast Colorado is a heritage tourism development organization. Formed in 2003, C&P serves seven counties—Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, Prowers and eastern Las Animas. The non-profit group promotes visitation to and stewardship of the unique historical, natural and cultural assets of Southeastern Colorado among resident, state, national and international audiences. Since its formation, C&P has garnered over $1 million in funding for projects in the area.

For additional information or questions contact Manzanares at 719-688-5026. Additional information on NHAs can also be found at and

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