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Lunar Eclipse at Chimney Rock!

By |2019-05-22T13:31:53+00:00February 5th, 2018|Articles|

By: CRIA Volunteer Howard Rowe Once again, from our location in southwestern Colorado, this morning's (February 5, 2018) total lunar eclipse began several hours before sunrise.  Typically, that's not the time of day when I would be found standing in the cold morning air next to my car at a highway turn-off some distance east [...]

New Alert to People Concerned for Chaco’s Protection

By |2019-05-22T13:31:53+00:00January 30th, 2018|Articles|

We have heard the shocking news again that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) have announced plans to auction 25 parcels of 4,434 acres of public land in the Greater Chaco Landscape to the fracking industry in a March 8, 2018 oil and gas lease sale. The leases [...]

Protecting our National Monuments

By |2019-05-22T13:31:53+00:00January 9th, 2018|Articles|

The Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) opposes any changes to the existing boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument.  As the site managers and key advocates for Chimney Rock National Monument in southwest Colorado, formed in 2012, we are extremely aware of the importance of protecting Native American cultural resources and the surrounding areas where they [...]

Get Connected with Chimney Rock-Join Our Volunteer Team!

By |2019-04-16T23:20:40+00:00January 3rd, 2018|Articles|

At the heart of Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA), operating the interpretive program at Chimney Rock National Monument, are more than 80 friendly volunteers. While there are paid staff members, it's the volunteers who do most of the tasks that make the program work. Here are just a few of the reasons to join the [...]


By |2019-05-22T13:31:53+00:00October 2nd, 2017|Articles|

San Juan National Forest   News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  October 2, 2017 CHIMNEY ROCK NATIONAL MONUMENT ROAD RECONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colorado – 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 [...]

CRIA Volunteer Travels to Watch the Solar Eclipse

By |2019-05-22T13:31:53+00:00September 11th, 2017|Articles|

CRIA volunteer and amazing photographer, Howard Rowe, and his wife Judy traveled to Arnold, Nebraska to view the solar eclipse in totality on August 21st.  Howard was so kind to share some of his pictures of the eclipse with us. Originally they had planned to watch the eclipse in Holdrege, Nebraska but changed locations when [...]

Congressman Scott Tipton Visits Chimney Rock National Monument

By |2019-04-16T23:26:11+00:00August 14th, 2017|Articles|

Congressman Scott Tipton came to Chimney Rock recently to discuss the future of this culturally significant place.  Tipton met with CRIA's Director Danyelle Leentjes, CRIA Board Members and representatives from the Forest Service included the Forest Service Landscape architect and the Forest Service Supervisor.  Tipton was introduced to the CRIA's free educational programs and was [...]

Free Lecture Series Continues with Archaeologist Jason Chuipka

By |2019-05-22T13:31:53+00:00August 7th, 2017|Articles|

On Thursday, August 10th, Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) is proud to continue their free lecture series with a special presentation by Jason Chuipka titled “A Discussion of the 2017 Restoration and Conservation Work at the Chimney Rock Great House.” The lecture is free of charge and will begin at 7:00pm, following CRIA’s social hour [...]

Preservation Starts with You!

By |2019-05-22T13:31:54+00:00August 2nd, 2017|Articles|

Take a moment to imagine southwest Colorado without Chimney Rock National Monument…the climb to the Great House that you conquered and the awe inspiring views when you made it to the 7,000 ft. mesa top. Chimney Rock is rich in history and cultural heritage.  This place is important because it preserves a story and culture [...]

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