Chimney Rock Interpretive Association to hold potluck

By Nadia Werby
Special to The SUN

The public is invited to attend the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) monthly potluck on Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Ross Aragon Community Center, located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd., at 6 p.m. Following the potluck, Bear (Barron) Haley will be giving a presentation of rock art and ruins of Colorado and the neighboring Four Corners region.

Haley taught at West Valley College in Saratoga, Calif., for 33 years. Upon retiring, he and his wife, Ruth, moved to Las Vegas, Nev., where Haley got involved with Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area. There he was asked to chair the cultural resources committee and his job was to record/documentation rock art sites in the conservation area for BLM.

Haley joined the Southern Nevada Rock Art Association, Nevada Rock Art Federation, the American Rock Art Association and Utah Rock Art Association.

In 2007, the couple moved to Rio Rancho, N.M., where Haley did recording for the Rio Puerco BLM office and the Albuquerque Archaeological Association. A year ago, another move led the Haleys to Pagosa Springs.

The public is invited to join CRIA for its monthly potluck preceding the lecture at 6 p.m. Please bring your favorite dish to share and join our volunteers to learn more about this nonprofit organization which operates the interpretive program at Chimney Rock National Monument.

CRIA is a nonprofit organization that runs the daily operations and interpretive program at Chimney Rock National Monument in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the San Juan National Forest. Financial support for CRIA comes from tour and program fees, merchandise sales, grants and generous donations from Friends of Chimney Rock in order to preserve this important part of Colorado’s history. Public support is vital for continued programming and site preservation. If you are interested in joining our volunteer team or are able to make a donation, please go to

This story was posted on August 19, 2014.