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Contact: Arlene Jackson, 970-589-9493
Contact: Alicia Lafever, 970-858-3617 x364
Fruita, CO – April is a great month for getting out and visiting Colorado National Monument. Here is the lineup of special programs for the month.
Star Gazing with Western Colorado Astronomy Club
Friday, April 5th - Saddlehorn Picnic Area
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Awe and wonder… Bring your curiosity and warm clothes. The Western Colorado Astronomy Club brings the telescopes. This event will be shifted to April 6th if there are significant clouds or rain. No registration necessary.
Celebration of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
Saturday, April 6th Saddlehorn Visitor Center
- 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Talk- Ranger Alicia will talk about the importance and legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the CCC with an executive order on April 5, 1933. The CCC left a huge mark on the nation through their hard work with flood and erosion control, road building, creating trails, erecting buildings, planting trees, and so much more. Rim Rock Drive in Colorado National Monument, as well as many buildings are here for us to enjoy today because of the CCC. Reservations recommended due to limited space in the theater. Please call 970-858-3617 ext. 360.
- 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Photo Exhibits- There will be two displays which include photos of CCC men in Colorado National Monument. Local historians, Steve and Denise Hight, will share some of their CCC photos and Monument volunteer, Terri Ahern, will be showing us her “Then & Now” photo display.
Flutes: History and Construction
Saturday, April 13th Saddlehorn Visitor Center
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Greg Dillon is a retired architect, in addition to his architectural projects, he has been a builder of boats, airplanes, models, and recently, Native American- type flutes. He teaches classes on how to make and play flutes. This presentation will explore flute making from 45,000 years ago to present with examples of flute making from around the world with emphasis on two-chamber flutes that are similar to those made by Colorado Native Americans. This is an invitation to discuss flutes and all are welcome. He will bring a collection of flutes for display and will even provide a short concert. 20 person limit, so please call 970-858-3617 ext. 360 to register.
Junior Ranger Day
April 20th is National Junior Ranger Day and a Fee Free day. Spend the day at the monument. Explore Rim Rock Drive, take a hike on one of the many trails and stop by the visitor center for a variety of activities for Jr Rangers of all ages.
Spring hours are now in effect at Colorado National Monument. The visitor center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. For additional information please visit www.nps.gov/colm or call 970-858-3617, ext. 360.
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Last updated: April 2, 2019