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Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) 2017-12-06T17:36:03+00:00


  • As part of a multi-year capital improvement project at Chimney Rock National Monument, road reconstruction work will begin on October 10 and continue through December 1.  During this time, parking in the lot adjacent to Highway 151 by the entrance gate will not be possible.  Pedestrian access along the main road into Chimney Rock will similarly be impacted during much of this time frame.  Those seeking to access the monument this fall should plan accordingly, as parking along the highway right-of-way is not permissible.  We appreciate your patience during this process.  For additional information, please contact the Pagosa Ranger District at (970) 264-2268.

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. 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.

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Chimney Rock Interpretive Association Mission Statement
The Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA), a non-profit organization, is devoted to providing increased numbers of visitors with a meaningful, enjoyable educational experience through interpretive tours and special programs and to the long term preservation of Chimney Rock National Monument.



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 Mesa Village 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!