The Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer association with headquarters in Pagosa Springs, CO. It was organized in the spirit of joint community stewardship of Chimney Rock National Monument’s cultural heritage and natural resources through public interpretation, information, education, and participation. CRIA works in cooperation and partnership with the Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest (USDA Forest Service). This partnership is authorized through a Special Use Permit between CRIA and the Forest Service.
CRIA’s volunteers support the mission to preserve and protect the Monument while educating the public. CRIA promotes public education, interpretation, and stewardship of culture and history through guided tours and special events of the Chimney Rock National historic site. CRIA receives no government funding and depends on tour fees, donations and grants to fund the interpretive program. Volunteers reach out to the community through free programs for school children and bi-monthly lecture series and social hour open to the public at the Ecoluxe Building at The Springs Resort and Spa at 165 Hot Springs Blvd in Pagosa Springs.
Programs at the Monument are presented by trained volunteers. In addition to a 2-day training session each Spring, volunteers receive a comprehensive training manual and on-the-job continuous training.