Sketching at the Pinnacles


This class is part art, part reflection, part nature study, and a little visit to Chimney Rock National Monument – all rolled into one! Guests start at the herradura at the head of the Mesa Village Trail. After becoming oriented, everyone will walk down to the Great Kiva to sit on blankets or chairs we bring. The goal is to become centered with the site and focus in on a specific item of nature. Using sketchbooks and drawing materials provided, guests will examine the item of nature selected and watch how it magically appears on a page in our sketchbook. Afterwards, there will be a sharing with each other of what we have learned.  Our leader is Denise Fisk, former art teacher with the Iowa Public Schools. No art talent is required, just a desire to be open to suggestions and willing to try a hand at self-expression.


These are reservations-only programs, not suitable for children under 10. The fee of $20 (age 10 and up) includes all materials is considered a non-refundable donation.  A booking fee applies to each ticket purchased online or through the call center. Making a reservation through the call center or website is the only way to guarantee a spot on this tour.  Most programs are at full capacity prior to the event but we will accommodate walk-ins if space is available. Booking fees do not apply to walk-ins.  In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather, rain checks will be available.  For details, please call the Visitor Cabin (970-883-5359) 9:00 – 4:00 Mountain Time.


Tickets are $20 (ages 10 and up) and are considered a non-refundable, non-transferable donation. A booking fee applies to each ticket purchased online or through the call center.

  • Check-in: 7:15 – 7:30 AM
  • Program begins 7:30 AM, ends 9:30 AM (2 hours)

Sketching Dates

May: 16, 23 & 30

June: 6, 13, 20 & 27

July: 4, 11, 18 & 25

August: 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

September: 5, 12, 19 & 26

October: 3 & 10

You can book our monthly programs online or by calling 1-877-444-6777.