Like many other non-profits, Chimney Rock Interpretive Program (CRIA), a non-profit 501 (c)3, which operates the interpretive program at Chimney Rock National Monument, had to make many logistical and financial adjustments at Chimney Rock National Monument in 2020 to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions. We provided protective gear for our volunteers; we enabled visitors to keep social distance by offering only self-guided tours of the archaeological sites; our budget was further strained because special events were cancelled and/or greatly limited in capacities. It was an unusual year, but our passionate and knowledgeable volunteers stepped up to the challenge, serving a record 15,700 visitors in 4.5 months! Plainly, the unique outdoor experience and historical significance of Chimney Rock are valuable! CRIA receives no federal funding and relies on donations, tour fees and grants to run the interpretive program. We are the only non-profit operating a national monument in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.
In hopes of raising funds for volunteer recruitment and the services that keep the interpretive programs at Chimney Rock National Monument a cultural heritage attraction, CRIA is participating in Southwest Colorado Gives Day on December 8th. Southwest Colorado Gives Day is part of an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Support CRIA by going to swcogives.org. Gifts can be scheduled now for December 8th.
Your donation will ensure that the history of Chimney Rock and the ancient Puebloan people will continue to be interpreted for years to come.