Meet the Ranger – Nick Myers

Nick Myers, Colorado National Monument Lead Park Ranger, knows national parks.  In his thirteen year career with the National Park Service, he’s worked at eleven national parks. That’s a lot, even by NPS standards.  Of course his current favorite is Colorado National Monument, but asked about his all-time favorite, it …

Monumental Images

By Denise & Steve Hight Local businesses and organizations have used images of Colorado National Monument in their marketing and promotions ever since the Monument was established in 1911. Quite a few local businesses have the word Monument in their name, and others feature backdrops of the Monument in their …

Moviemaking History at Colorado National Monument

Moab, Utah, is the moviemaking capital of this part of the West; over the decades a number of movies have been filmed in the Moab area, including the Hollywood westerns Wagonmaster (1949) and Rio Grande (1950), which thoroughly utilized the area’s dramatic landscape. In more recent decades, Thelma and Louise …

CNMA is seeking its next Executive Director!

Colorado National Monument Association EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Vacancy Announcement HIRING RANGE: Commensurate with experience, plus benefits OPENING DATE:  July 19, 2012 FIRST REVIEW OF RESUMES: July 27, 2012 CLOSING DATE: August 6, 2012 or until filled Responsible for ensuring that the association’s mission and vision are fulfilled through the effective management …

July 4th on the Monument

Colorado National Monument will commemorate Independence Day by raising the American flag on the top of Independence Monument, the tallest free-standing rock formation in the park. This tradition was started 101 years ago by the legendary John Otto. Mesa County’s Technical Search and Rescue Team continues this tradition of climbing …

Dinosaur Days with Dinosaur Train

Rocky Mountain PBS, the Dinosaur Journey Museum, the National Park Service, and the Bureau of Land Management Present….  Families can take a short hike while kids complete several challenges to become official “Nature Trackers.”  NPS and BLM rangers will be on-hand to answer questions.  This family oriented event, hosted at …

A true pipe dream: Fruita and Colorado National Monument

By Denise Hight – Operations Manager, Fruitans love Colorado National Monument. Only a few short miles from Fruita, its breathtaking scenery awaits us when we drive our cars or ride bicycles along Rim Rock Drive. Local residents and tourists alike camp, hike, and picnic in its canyons. Many of us …

CNMA Annual Meeting

You Are Invited to Colorado National Monument Association’s Annual Get-Together!    Tuesday, June 5, Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson Street Doors open at 5:30, program begins at 6:15  Bring your friends and neighbors and join us for a fun evening celebrating the Colorado National Monument Association’s accomplishments over the …

Meet the Superintendent

By Denise Hight, Operations Manager — Lisa Eckert didn’t know she would become a park ranger during her childhood in Madison, Wisconsin, but she did know she wanted to work outdoors. Some of her fondest childhood memories include walking across frozen lakes in the winter and skipping across fields of …

What do you love about national parks? Help NPF share the best of the best

    National Park Foundation UNVEILS THE NEW www.NationalParks.orgCONNECTING NATIONAL PARK VISITORS, FANS & SUPPORTERS Powered “By The People, For the People”– New Community Provides Central Hub For Real-Time Information, Commentary, Photos & More From National Park Visitors and Supporters (Washington, D.C.) April 11, 2012  – The National Park Foundation …

Spring at Colorado National Monument

By Denise Hight: Operations Manager — Spring is the season for rebirth and renewal, and what better place to renew your spirit than our very own Colorado National Monument?  Whether you want to hike a canyon, enjoy a family picnic, or join your friends and neighbors for some of our …

Spring Walks & Talks

Are you experiencing a strong case of spring fever? Never fear – the cure will soon be here! The Spring 2012 Walks & Talks programs promise to be better than ever this year.  There are of exciting programs for varying interests and skill levels. Check out the list here and …

Volunteer Opportunity: Wilderness Volunteers

Wilderness Volunteers is a nonprofit group that organizes and promotes volunteer service in partnership with Colorado National Monument. In 2012, Wilderness Volunteers and Colorado National Monument are hosting a trail maintenance volunteer vacation April 29-May 5. For information on volunteering, see Wilderness Volunteers.

Free Public Screening of “The City Dark”

A Search for Night on a Planet that Never Sleeps Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 PM Saccomanno Lecture Hall (Room 141), Wubben Science Building Colorado Mesa University THE CITY DARK asks a simple question: “Do we need the stars?”  Blending a contemplative tone with cutting-edge science and poetic footage of …

Road Update: West Side of Rim Rock Drive open at 4:30

Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 4:30 p.m., Colorado National Monument will reopen the west section of Rim Rock Drive between the west (Fruita) entrance station and the Visitor Center to all traffic. Earlier today, that portion of the road had been closed due to public safety concerns and the necessity …

Public Safety Notice: West Hill Temporarily Closed March 15

Due to public safety concerns, Colorado National Monument will temporarily close a four mile section of Rim Rock Drive along the west hill to all traffic between the West Entrance Station to the campground turnoff near the Visitor Center on Thursday, March 15, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. This …

CNMA Members Participate in Focus Group

On Saturday, February 4, several CNMA members accepted our invitation to participate in a focus group session.  They shared their ideas regarding what they like about CNMA, what we might do to better serve and engage our members, and ways to gain greater visibility in the community and attract more …

Let Your Voices be Heard!

After a year-long study, the Colorado National Monument Citizens Community Committee has released its findings – and is asking for public input in an online survey at the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce website. This survey is being conducted by the citizens committee, and not by the National Park Service …