Join Our Volunteer Team

Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) volunteers support the mission to preserve and protect Chimney Rock National Monument (CRNM) while educating the public.  Our volunteers learn and become familiar with what archaeologists and astronomers know about the ancient people of Chimney Rock.  CRIA provides material on the ancient Puebloan culture, history, lifestyle and the site itself.  In addition to a 2-day training session each Spring, volunteers receive a comprehensive training manual and on-the-job continuous training.  Volunteers can choose to join one or more of our teams!

For more information on how to join our volunteer team, please email us

Volunteer Open House

March 27th @ Methodist Church 1:30-2:30pm & April 11th @ Community Center 5:00-6:00pm

To help community members learn about the exciting volunteer opportunities at Chimney Rock National Monument, CRIA will host an open house at the Ruby Sisson Library on March 27th from 1:30pm-2:30pm and on April 11th from 5:00-6:00pm at the Pagosa Springs Community Center. There will be a host of CRIA volunteers on hand who are eager to introduce guests to the variety of roles that support this unique program and the flexibility in level of commitment.

Volunteer Training Days

April 26th @ Methodist Church 9:00am-2:00pm & April 27th @Chimney Rock National Monument 9:00am-12:00pm

CRIA offers a great, in-depth training program in a fun environment to anyone interested in joining our amazing team of volunteers. This year volunteer training will take place on April 26 from 9:00am-2:00pm at the Methodist Church located at 434 Lewis Street in Pagosa Springs, CO. The second day of volunteer training on April 27th, will take place at the Monument from 9:00am-12:00pm. In addition to the training, volunteers receive a comprehensive training manual and on-the-job continuous training.


Click HERE to view details for all 2023 Volunteer Positions

Tour Guide

Options are varied to match your knowledge of subject matter.

Lead visitors on a variety of tours to explore in depth the many facets of Chimney Rock–archaeology, birding, flora, geology, night sky.

Gift Shop Position

Welcome visitors, be familiar with inventory, ring up sales.

One Day a Week

Commit to working the Gift Shop on a dedicated day of
the week. Substitutes for regulars who are out of town,
unavailable, etc. are also needed.

Mesa Host

Manage the Mesa Top Parking Area.

Monitor the Two Trail Heads.

Provide information and directions to visitors. Assist
Forest Service with visitor safety. Communicate with check-in
station and gift shop via radio.

Night Programs

Be part of our popular special programs.


Light the trail for the full moon. Guide visitors to the top of
the mesa. Enjoy a unique, star studded experience while
being a team member.

Special Programs

Assist in a number of interpretive/educational activities.

Provide support to program leaders in implementing events such as Life at Chimney Rock, fundraisers, movie night, lectures, other.

Plaza Host

Be familiar with Forest Service policies and operations, and CRIA’s programming


Work closely with the Forest Service to explain options/tours for exploring Chimney Rock. Promote responsible visitor protocol. Direct visitors to the Interpretive Area and the Gift Shop.