2018 Spring Walks and Talks Series

Colorado National Monument in partnership with the Colorado National Monument Association presents the 2018 Spring Walks & Talks Series.

Come join us at Colorado National Monument for the 2018 Spring Walks & Talks series.

The public is invited to participate in programs covering such diverse topics as the biology of Desert Bighorn Sheep, astronomy and star gazing and Junior Ranger activities.
* denotes limited space; Call 970.858.3617 ext. 360 to register.

 

 

Friday, April, 13, 2018

Find Your Park After Dark! Come and view the night sky through the Western Colorado Astronomy Club (WCAC) member’s large telescopes at Colorado National Monument Saddlehorn Picnic Area. Meet in the picnic parking lot just after sunset. The viewing will start at dusk, weather permitting. WCAC members will help guests view planets, galaxies, star forming nebulae and clusters. Program is free, regular entrance fees apply. Go to www.wcacastronomy.org for more information.

 

*Tuesday, April 17, 2018 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Desert Bighorn Sheep hike with former monument Rangers Don Regan and Darrel Schweitzer.   Hike the Wedding Canyon – Monument Canyon loop in hopes of seeing Desert Bighorn Sheep and lambs!  The emphasis of this hike is on viewing sheep in their natural habitat and learning sheep biology.  This is a strenuous 6.5 mile round trip hike with a 1000 feet elevation gain that will take 4 – 5 hrs.  Pre-registration required due to limit of 12 hikers.  Bring water, lunch, snacks, hiking poles, hat, binoculars, and sunscreen. Additional details will be provided upon registration.

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018 

The monument is celebrating the Fee Free Day with a Junior Ranger Day Bio-Blitz. Join park rangers and volunteers at the Saddlehorn Visitor Center and the Saddlehorn Picnic Area from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to explore biodiversity at the monument. Staff invite families to use the free iNaturalist app on their mobile devices to record their findings and see what others discover.  

 

*Wednesday, April 25, 2018 8:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.

Desert Bighorn Sheep hike with former monument Rangers Don Regan and Darrel Schweitzer.   Hike the Wedding Canyon – Monument Canyon loop in hopes of seeing Desert Bighorn Sheep and lambs!  The emphasis of this hike is on viewing sheep in their natural habitat and learning sheep biology.  This is a strenuous 6.5 mile round trip hike with a 1000 feet elevation gain that will take 4 – 5 hrs. Pre-registration required due to limit of 12 hikers.  Bring water, lunch, snacks, hiking poles, hat, binoculars, and sunscreen. Additional details will be provided upon registration.

 

Friday, July 13, 2018 

Come and view the night sky through large telescopes with the Western Colorado Astronomy Club (WCAC) at the Colorado National Monument Saddlehorn Picnic Area. All events start at dusk, weather permitting. Meet in the Saddlehorn picnic parking lot just after sunset. Join the WCAC who share their telescopes. Weather permitting you will see planets, galaxies, star forming nebulae and clusters.

Go to www.wcacastronomy.org for more information.

 

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 acknowledgement 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.