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Protecting the Past and the Present

By | 2016-12-29T21:21:40+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Articles|

Written by Ann Bond Visitors to Chimney Rock National Monument will have a safer hike to the mesa top next year following work completed this month by a Native American crew from Zuni Pueblo, a New Mexico tribe with cultural ties to the Ancestral Puebloans who built the ancient structures. Chimney Rock, which became a [...]

CRIA Announces the 2017 Board of Trustees

By | 2016-12-29T21:21:40+00:00 October 26th, 2016|Articles|

The Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer association with headquarters in Pagosa Springs, CO.  CRIA’s Board of Trustees is composed of volunteers who 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 [...]

Support the Work of Chimney Rock Interpretive Association On Colorado Gives Day

By | 2016-12-29T21:21:40+00:00 October 17th, 2016|Articles|

Chimney Rock Interpretive Association invites the public to support their efforts to provide 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 by donating to CRIA on Colorado Gives Day, December 6, 2016. For the seventh consecutive [...]

Archaeology, Astronomy and Ancestral Puebloans on Chimney Rock Mesa

By | 2016-12-29T21:21:40+00:00 October 14th, 2016|Articles|

Chimney Rock, a majestic sandstone pinnacle, rises 300 feet atop a tall sloping mesa that shares the name of this dominant feature.  Visible from intersecting highway routes 151 and 160 just west of Pagosa Springs in southwestern Colorado, this stately spike is partnered with its twin pinnacle, Companion Rock.  Both stand prominently along the eroded [...]

2016 Chimney Rock Season Ends September 30th

By | 2016-12-29T21:21:40+00:00 September 28th, 2016|Articles|

Chimney Rock National Monument’s 2016 season is winding to an end, but there is still time to visit this spectacular Monument where the Ancient Puebloans once resided.  Chimney Rock offers monthly programs, annual events and daily guided and self-guided tours that are fun and educational for the whole family through September 30th. The last program [...]

Chimney Rock Interpretive Association Receives The Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative

By | 2016-12-29T21:21:40+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Articles|

Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) is pleased to announce that it has received the 2015 Colorado Governor’s Tourism Award for Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative. CRIA received this award in recognition of its excellence in the promotion of tourism in the Southwest region of the state, utilization of partnerships, creativity and innovation in the initiative, and [...]

Chimney Rock Hosts 2nd Anniversary Event for Let’s Move! in Indian Country

By | 2016-12-29T21:21:40+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Articles|

May 2013 - Chimney Rock National Monument was the site chosen for celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of Let's Move! in Indian Country. Participants included fifty youth from the Southern Ute Montessori Elementary School; the Deputy Undersecretary of Agriculture, Butch Blazer; the White House Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs; and several Puebloan youth who [...]


By | 2016-12-29T21:21:41+00:00 June 14th, 2016|Articles|

The Chimney Rock site in southwestern Colorado incorporates spiritual, historic, and scientific resources of great value and significance. A thousand years ago, the vast Chaco civilization was drawn to the site's soaring massive rock pinnacles, Chimney Rock and Companion Rock, that rise hundreds of feet from the valley floor to an elevation of 7,600 feet. [...]