Chimney Rock Interpretive Association
The Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA), a non-profit organization, is devoted to providing increased numbers of visitors with a meaningful, enjoyable educational experience through interpretive tours and special programs and to the long term preservation of Chimney Rock National Monument.
Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) has provided the interpretive program at Chimney Rock for more than 25 years. CRIA obtained non-profit 501(c)(3) status in 2004 and has maintained 85+ volunteers who are the backbone of this organization. These amazing volunteers are passionate about this small, remote outlier of Chaco Canyon. They love to tell the roughly 12,000 visitors to the site each season (May 15 through September 30) about the solar and lunar alignments that would have been important to the ancient residents, alignments that most likely were of critical importance to the ancient culture throughout the Four Corners area.
The story is presented through daily guided tours, audio self-guided tours, three monthly lunar and solar programs, and a free ancient arts festivals focusing on the people and the place as it was a thousand years ago. CRIA also performs daily maintenance of the site and visitors cabin. CRIA's volunteers operate under partnership authority agreement with the San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Springs District.
To Whom It May Concern,
The Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) is a 50l.c3 (non-profit) which works with the Forest Service to provide interpretive services at Chimney Rock National Monument. CRIA volunteers put in over 12,000 hours annually in support of the Monument. They undertake a range of activities on and off site, offering guided tours and public information at the site, conducting maintenance activities (doing everything from cleaning restrooms to maintaining trails and treating weeds), and providing off-site public information through their website and press releases. The extraordinary contributions of CRIA are deeply appreciated by the Forest Service; the Chimney Rock Interpretative Association was named the 2012 Forest Service Volunteer Group of the Year.
We understand that CRIA is participating in the Colorado Gives Day fundraising to help raise money for general operating expenses and special projects. This campaign would help meet both of our goals of providing education and interpretation on Chimney Rock National Monument.
Paul L. Blackman
Recreation Program Manager
Chimney Rock Testimonial
The lifeblood of the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association is not only the imposing presence of the historical site, but the volunteers that promote, provide tours and support this National Monument. These people are an example of volunteering excellence. Their knowledge of the site and the history they impart makes the tours and special events more meaningful to all those who visit.
Mary Jo Coulehan
Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce