2018 Fall Walks and Talks Series

Saturday, 10/6… Find Your Park After Dark… Come and view the night sky through large telescopes with the Western Colorado Astronomy Club. This program starts at dusk (about 8 p.m.) at the Saddlehorn picnic parking lot. If it is too cloudy or raining, there will be a slideshow at the Visitor Center. Advance registration is not required.


Thursday, 10/11…Introduction to Photographing the Night Sky

7 p.m…. Join local photographer Christopher Eaton for a few hours under the stars in Colorado National Monument for an introduction on how to photograph the night sky. Learn the basics of exposure and composition that will get you started with this exciting area of photographing our public lands.

Minimum requirements for optimum results:

  • A tripod (a must – you cannot shoot the night sky without one)
  • A relatively recent camera model (released within the last 4-6 years)
  • A relatively fast lens (preferably f/2.8 or faster, but f/4 will work as well) in the 14-35mm range
  • A fascination with the night sky

This program is limited to 8 people, so reserve your spot quickly.


Sunday, 10/14… Two Geology Programs

12:30 p.m…. Ancient Landscapes of the Grand Valley

2:30 p.m…. Bringing Fossils to Life

Join Becky Warren for these celebrations of Earth Science Week. Both programs will be in or near the Visitor Center.

Reservations are required


Saturday, 10/20… Archaeology Day

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the visitor center…

Explore the lives of ancient peoples through hands-on, family-friendly activities. Learn how they lived, hunted, created, and enjoyed what is now Colorado National Monument.


Tuesday, 10/30… Bats of the Colorado National Monument

7 p.m…. In celebration of National Bat Week, Dan Neubaum will share his two year study of the Colorado National Monument’s bat population in this free educational program at the Saddlehorn Visitor Center.

Reservations are required.



For more information on all programs or to reserve your spot, call (970) 858-3617 ext 360.


All programs are open to the public and free of charge. There is an entrance fee of $15 per vehicle to Colorado National Monument or use your annual pass. Participants on hikes will be required to sign an acknowledgment of Risk Liability Waiver.


All events are sponsored by the National Park Service at Colorado National Monument. Support is provided by Colorado National Monument Association, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit educational organization which helps support educational, scientific, historic, and research projects at Colorado National Monument. CNMA membership helps support educational programs at Colorado National Monument.