Chimney Rock National Monument is temporarily closed due to the San Juan National Forest (SJNF) implementing forest-wide Stage 3 fire closures. Chimney Rock will remain closed until sufficient moisture has fallen and the restrictions are lifted, but Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA), the non-profit that runs the interpretive program at the Monument, will continue to operate with our year round employees. CRIA receives no federal funding and relies on donations, grants and tour fees to run the interpretive program at the monument. With the closure of the Monument, CRIA will lose significant and important revenue from tours and special programs. CRIA needs the community’s support now more than ever!
How Can You Help?
On Thursday, June 14th Bob Hemenger will kick off the 19th Hole Concert Series at the Pagosa Springs Golf Course at 5:30pm to help raise money for Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) and five other local non-profits. The 19th Hole Concerts pairs an Archuleta County non-profit with a local music talent on Thursday evenings, June 14 through July 19, to offer a fun & entertaining event. Food from the grill, beer, wine and signature cocktails will be available for purchase. Concert-goers should bring a camp chair or blanket, and please leave pets at home. The cover charge is a $10 donation which supports the six selected nonprofits. There will also be opportunities to make donations directly to CRIA at the event.
Chimney Rock National Monument’s interpretive programs contribute an additional $1.7 million annually to the regional economy. This is why it is vital for our community to come out to the 19th Hole Concert tonight to show support. CRIA operates the interpretive program at Chimney Rock National Monument under a Participating Agreement with the USDA Forest Service/San Juan National Forest. Help preserve the future of this important non-profit that has been in existence for over 20 years. For more information, please visit our website at www.chimneyrockco.org.