NPS Centennial

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. As we lead up to the centennial, we invite you to participate in Find Your Park Experiences to learn, discover, be inspired, or simply have fun in national parks. Find Your Park Experiences offer unique opportunities to explore national parks both in person and online. Check out the experiences in this park or search all experiences to identify an opportunity that matches your interests. You can also share your national park story at

A Call to Action remains the foundation for our 2016 centennial preparations. It is the National Park Service's blueprint for the future, outlining the innovative work we want to accomplish. Colorado National Monument is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing and get involved!



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Call to Action Projects 

  • A Critical Location: A discussion on the Dark Sky Coop at Colorado National Monument

    Visitors lining up for evening Astronomy Programs

    Colorado National Monument hosts multi-agency and community meeting to discuss the formation of a Dark Sky Cooperative. The purpose of the cooperative is: To perpetuate starry night skies by establishing America's first Dark Sky Cooperative. This voluntary effort will link communities, tribes, businesses, state agencies, federal agencies, and citizens in a collaborative effort to celebrate the view of the cosmos and minimize the impact of outdoor lighting. Read more

  • New exhibits and wayside signs breathe new life into Colorado National Monument

    Visitors enjoying the new exhibits in Saddlehorn Visitor Center.

    New exhibits at Saddlehorn Visitor Center and new wayside signs along Rim Rock Drive have really spruced things up at Colorado National Monument. More colorful, more interactive, accuracy and accessibility were important components of the exhibit design and of the new waysides along Rim Rock Drive. A future project is in the planning stages to allow visitors to interact at each wayside with their smart phones or tablets. Read more

  • Breaking Barriers: Bringing Students to Colorado National Monument

    Yellow school buses full of students were rolling into Colorado National Monument all spring and fall. Within the past year 82 buses from Mesa County Valley School District received transportation scholarships funded by grants from the National Park Foundation and the local Grand Junction Junior Service League. Over 3,700 students were able to attend ranger-guided field trips to learn first-hand about weathering and erosion, fossils, animal adaptations, and more. Read more

  • COLM adopts a local 2nd grade class at Dual Immersion Academy(DIA) to meet goal #15.

    DIA 2nd Graders hiking down the historic Serpents Trail in Colorado National Monument.

    The park embarked on the first year of this four-year project by adopting the 2nd graders at the Dual Immersion Academy (DIA) as their graduating class. The fifty students involved in the program will visit the park four times a year and participate in Ranger-led classroom activities each month for the next four years. As fifth graders, they will “graduate” during the NPS centennial year in 2016. Read more

  • Tween Extreme – Movie Makers at Colorado National Monument

    Tween movie makers

    Summer of 2012, 6th-8th graders (also known as Tweens) had the opportunity to explore and learn more about Colorado National Monument. The tweens made short digital movies to share what they learned. In partnership with the City of Grand Junction’s Parks and Recreation STARS Tween Extreme Camp and Colorado Mesa University, students had a chance to go on weekly hikes at the monument to capture photos and shoot and edit videos. Read more

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