Walks and Talks Series



Colorado National Monument’s Walks and Talks are a series of various lectures and guided educational hikes within the monument.  All are free to the public, but some have sign-up lists in order to keep groups to a manageable size. $20 entrance fee to the park is required.


CNMA Fall Walks and Talks

Registration is now open, so please call (970) 858-3617 ext. 360 to sign up!

Star Party with Western Colorado Astronomy Club

Friday, September 27th. Saddlehorn Visitor Center

Come and view the night sky through large telescopes with the Western Colorado Astronomy Club. This program starts at dusk (about 8 pm). If it is too cloudy or raining, there will be a slideshow at the Visitor Center.

2019 Monuments and Canyons Plein Air Invitational September 30th– October 6th.

-October 2nd 8:30 am- 11 am- Group paint out at Saddlehorn picnic area in Colorado National Monument. This is a great chance for the public to meet the artists!

-October 3rd 8:30 am – 11 am – Group paint out at Devil’s Canyon in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. Another chance to meet the artists.

-October 4th 5 pm – 8 pm – Members and sponsor preview night, and awards ceremony. Exhibit location: Carlson Vineyards Tasting Room, 545 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO. Free admission for all sponsors and members of the CNMA and CCA. Non-member tickets $30 at the door.

-October 5th 10 am – 5 pm – Exhibition open to the public. 

-October 6th 10 am – 2 pm – Exhibition open to the public.

Bringing Fossils to Life
Monday, October 7th at 10 am. Becky Warren. Saddlehorn Visitor Center.
Fossils are the only practical means of telling time in geology and can also be important indicators of prehistoric climate conditions. The chances of a given animal having the extraordinary luck of being preserved and collected by a paleontologist are extraordinarily small. This program will focus on the odds of fossil preservation, the classification of these preserved remains from the remote past, and the various methods of dating fossils. Participants will learn how and where fossils are found and explore the fossil display to learn about the behavior and activity of these ancient organisms.
Registration is required.

Icons of the West: How the Desert Landscape Inspired Generations

October 17th at 6:30 pm. Spencer Stokes. Saddlehorn Visitor Center.

Dead Horse Point State Park’s ranger explores the lure of the harsh beauty of the desert South West, which brought untold artists, adventurers, and seekers into an extraordinary landscape beyond their wildest dreams. Learn about movies, songs, books, and stories inspired by the red rocks of canyon country.

Registration is required.

Bats of Colorado National Monument

October 24th. Dan Neubaum. Saddlehorn Visitor Center.

In celebration of National Bat Week, Dan Neubaum will share his two year study of the Colorado National Monument’s bat population. He will also discuss if white nose syndrome is a threat to our local bats.

Registration is required.

More Programs to Come in November and December!


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 $20 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.


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