Dear Editor:

Chimney Rock National Monument — it gets the recognition it deserves!  There is a link on the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association website ( to pictures from the event at Chimney Rock on Friday, Sept. 21, and to the presidential proclamation itself.  CRIA will be working with the Forest Service in preparation for our 2013 season.  

Yes, CRIA will still be doing the tours at Chimney Rock National Monument through its special use permit with the San Juan National Forest.  The Forest Service has always been the steward of Chimney Rock, with our assistance through our special permit — they need our volunteers.  Chimney Rock is not under the National Park Service, it is staying with the National Forest, as it always has been.

Most importantly, national monument status may help CRIA recruit more volunteers.  Have you thought about helping at Chimney Rock? Even if you aren’t here for the initial training before we open May 15, we can always do one-on-one training during the season.  You can volunteer as much or as little time as fits your schedule.  The more volunteers, the easier it is for everyone.  Seriously interested in volunteering and getting a head start this winter by reading some of our training materials and curriculum?  Call our CRIA office at 731-7133 and leave a message with how to contact you.  We’d be happy to give you some of the materials now.

Come join the fun — it’s going the be a rockin’ good time at Chimney Rock National Monument.

Joan Ward

This story was posted on October 10, 2012.