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Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) 2018-02-27T20:50:35+00:00


Join the CRIA Volunteer Team and Inspire & Educate others about the Mystery of Chimney Rock National Monument!

  • CRIA is hosting two Open Houses for any one interested in learning more about the variety of roles that support this unique program and the flexibility in level of commitment.
    • Friday, February 16 from 12:30pm-1:30pm at the Ruby Sisson Library in Pagosa Springs
    • Friday, March 16 from 6:00pm-7:00pm at The Springs Resort EcoLuxe Conference Room located at 165 Hot Springs Blvd. in Pagosa Springs
  • CRIA is offering internships to anyone 16 years and up who is interested in working at Chimney Rock in any of the following positions:
    • Mesa Host, Cabin Host, Economic Impact Surveyor, Tour Guide and Maintenance Team

Chimney Rock Interpretive Association

new_CRIA_logoThe Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer association with headquarters in Pagosa Springs, CO. CRIA runs the daily operations and interpretive program at Chimney Rock National Monument under a Participating Agreement with the USDA Forest Service/San Juan National Forest.

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.

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Chimney Rock Interpretive Association Mission Statement

CRIA, a nonprofit organization, is devoted to providing visitors with a meaningful, enjoyable educational experience through interpretive tours of ancestral Puebloan sites and special programs and to the long- term preservation of Chimney Rock National Monument and other culturally significant public lands.



Daily Tour Guides

Lead guided interpretive tours of Chimney Rock's developed trails.

One or Two Days a Week

Tour guides are responsible for providing an accurate interpretation of the area’s archaeology, natural history, ethnology, and history.

Visitor Cabin Hosts

Welcome visitors, answer questions, and describe tour options.

Work as a Team

Hosts explain tour details, special programs and events to visitors. They are also familiar with the archaeological exhibits and educational items for sale in the Visitor Cabin.

Mesa Host

Provide a crucial point of contact for visitors.

Monitor the Kiva Trail.

Direct parking, distribute audio devices for the Mesa Village Audio Tour and monitor visitor safety.

Join Maintenance Team

Ensure a safe environment for staff and visitors and improve facilitiy.

Regular maintenance & special projects.

Have fun while helping us with trail maintenance, noxious weed abatement, minor repairs, and special project work.

Monthly Programs & Special Events

Be a part of our popular archaeoastronomy programs and annual events


Light the trail for the Full Moon .  Assist with interactive activities at Life at Chimney Rock and more!