Walks and Talks Series




February 14- 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.- Stepping Back in Time Photo Exhibit at Mesa County Library’s Main Branch- (Grand Ave. and 5th St. in Downtown Grand Junction)

Steve and Denise Hight will share historical photos of Grand Junction, Fruita, Colorado National Monument, agriculture, and more. The Hights have an impressive collection of old postcards that will transport you to another era.

Terri Ahern and Johanna van Waveren of the Colorado National Monument Association will show a “Then & Now” photo exhibit of Colorado National Monument where pictures from the 1930’s, 1960’s, and present day are compared. Let’s look back in time together and see what has changed at the Monument.

February 18 – President’s Day – Come learn about William Howard Taft, the president who established Colorado National Monument

Stop by to learn in an informal setting and play a game to learn lots of interesting facts about Taft.

February 23,24- BANFF Film Fest World Tour (CNMA is a beneficiary)

Saturday, February 23rd:

Doors open @ 6 p.m.

Event starts @ 7 p.m.

Event ends @ 10 p.m.

Sunday, February 24th:

Doors open @ 3 p.m.

Event starts @ 4 p.m.

Event ends @ 7 p.m.

Ticket prices are $25 for Saturday and $15 for Sunday

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is the largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world. This year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the festival.

Traveling to exotic landscapes and remote cultures, and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2018/2019 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world. 

From approximately 400 films entered into the annual festival, award-winning films and audience favorites are among the films chosen to travel the globe.

Local resident Caleb Weaver’s film, Choices, will also be shown on both the 23rd and 24th. He will be there, as well, to introduce the film.

When you, our CNMA members support Banff Mountain Film Festival you are supporting us! Grand Junction Rotary has graciously named CNMA as a beneficiary again this year! Proceeds from the festival will directly benefit the Saddlehorn Amphitheater renovation.

Don’t wait, get your tickets now! To purchase tickets through Monumental Events, follow this link: 



March 5- 6:30 P.M.- Aparna Palmer- Tiny yet Tough: the Water Bears of Colorado National Monument

Water bears, also known as tardigrades, are among the toughest creatures on the planet and, yet, they go unnoticed because of their minute size. These microscopic animals are present all around the park and are remarkable because they thrive in the high desert despite being aquatic animals. Join Dr. Aparna Palmer for a talk about these amazing animals, including how they thrive here and how new species of water bears are currently being discovered in the Monument.

Registration required as seating is limited.

March 21 – 3 p.m.- 5 p.m.- Brian Palmer- Wind, Water, and Words: A Poetry Seminar and Workshop

This two-hour workshop will be a “Walk and Write” in recognition of UNESCO’s World Poetry Day. We will head out into the field to write poems about the elements of the Colorado National Monument that make it unique and vital. We’ll discuss the idea that as nature constantly changes the planet and is, in turn, changed by planetary life, our human approach and response to nature also changes. It is a deeply cultural issue to explore, consider, and record with craft and feeling our treasured relationship with the natural world, as culture itself is created by language, art, and action.

This seminar will frame an informal definition of poetry and cover a few poetic meaning and structural terms such as metaphor, imagery, meter, and rhyme.

We will meet at the Visitor Center to get things started. Then we’ll walk an easy mile or so, with time given for journaling and drafting some poetry.

After the walk, we’ll read some of our poems (for those who want to participate) at the amphitheater at the Saddlehorn Campground.

March 24 – Cary Atwood- Family Bird Hike

It’s early Spring and migratory birds are beginning to arrive in Western Colorado! Join Cary Atwood, local teacher and bird enthusiast for a family friendly walk exploring the birds of Devil’s Kitchen and lower No Thoroughfare Canyon. During this two hour walk-about, families will learn about bird identification, habitats and some of the special birds who live and nest in the Monument.

Recommended ages: 6-12 year-olds and parents. Binoculars and Bird Bingo cards will be available to help kids identify what we discover.

Limit: 15 children, plus parents. Please register for this event.


April 6th- CCC program with a photo exhibit- Ranger Alicia will talk about the importance and legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps.  There will also be two photo displays (the Hight’s CCC photos from the monument and “Then and Now”)

April 20 – Junior Ranger Day


May 1- 6:30 P.M.- Don Campbell- Cactus Talk

May 24 – COLM’s 108th Birthday- returning seasonal Interp ranger program


More events are currently in planning and will be added as soon as dates and times are set, so keep checking back!


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.