Please Join us for our February Lecture Series

The History of Escalante Canyon

CCA and The Ute Indian Museum are proud to present Chris Miller of the Interpretative Association of Western Colorado at The Ute Indian Museum. Join us for an exciting look into the ranching history of Escalante Canyon. Chris will be talking about the Musser Family who was the first family to ranch and settle in Escalante canyon. This lecture is free and open to the public but donations will be greatly appreciated. The lecture will start at 6:30 P.M. on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at The Ute Indian Museum in Montrose.

Paleontology of our National Conservation Areas

CCA will be hosting Julia McHugh, Museum of Western Colorado's Curator of Paleontology. Join us on an intriguing look into the paleontology of all three of our local National Conservation Areas. Learn about the dinosaur track sites found in Gunnison Gorge NCA as well as other exciting facts and finds found in our other National Conservation Areas. The lecture is free and open to the public but donations will be greatly appreciated. The lecture will start at 6:30 P.M. on Tuesday, February 17th at Bill Heddels Recreation Center in Delta

Cultural History of Gunnison Gorge NCA 

CCA Winter Lecture Series is proud to present Glade Hadden, BLM Archeologist, with a talk on the historical resources and stories from Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area. Learn about early peoples and recent history in the NCA as well as unique places like Howell Village, a historic uranium mining settlement at the bottom of the Ute Trail. This is a free event for the public on Thursday, February 24th from 6:30-7:30PM at the Whitman Educational Building in Grand Junction.

Happy Holidays From CCA!

Photo by Matt McGrath

Current members and new supporters please consider a generous end of the year gift to ensure we continue our effective work in 2015!

Click Here to Donate! McInnis Canyons, Dominguez-Escalante and Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Areas offer a wild landscape of multiple-use trails, fishing, hunting, boating, as well as cultural and scientific values. CCA is working hard with local communities and BLM to effectively restore and protect these wonderful areas. Accomplishments include:

  • Citizen Science Program on Dominguez Creek
  • Bringing over 1,200 students out on educational events in our NCAs
  • Hosting lectures on topics that range from cultural history to plants and animals as well as creating educational videos and photo exhibits
  • And much, much more.... 

Your support is crucial as we continue to move forward with the vision of becoming a regional force for stewardship and education on our public lands.  Click Here to Donate - or send a check by mail to Colorado Canyons Association 543 Main Street #4 Grand Junction, CO 81501.

Tons of Fun at CCA Fall Education Events!

This fall CCA was excited to partner with many great organizations to provide awesome outdoor educational experiences for kids in Mesa, Delta and Montrose Counties.

Central High School Overnight River Trip:

Students headed down the Colorado River.
Colorado Canyons Association, BLM and Adventure Bound River Expeditions teamed up to take Central High School students down the Colorado River through McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. On this trip, students were able to visit a historic placer mine site, learn about river ecology, participate in cottonwood tree planting and help control noxious weeds. Students were also able to enjoy swimming, campfire talks and the beautiful weather.

Dominguez-Escalante NCA Third Grade Scavenger Hunt:

Valerie learns about local geology from Anita Evans.
Colorado Canyons Association was very excited to be able to educate 150 third graders from Lincoln, Paonia, and Hotchkiss Elementary Schools about Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area.  Students were able to get out and enjoy the fall weather while learning about the plants,wildlife, and cultural resources of our area.

Sixth Grade Cottonwood Days in Gunnison Gorge NCA:

Colorado Canyons Association was able to partner with the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office to teach sixth grade students about the differant prinicipals of "Leave No Trace" through a series of interactive outdoor stations. CCA taught the "People of the Past Station". At this station we put their hunting and gathering skills to the test by teaching them to throw Atlatls and grind corn with a Mano and Metate.

CCA would like to thank all of our volunteers and partners who help make all of these educational experiences possible for our local schools. Please visit our Facebook page to view more pictures of these events!  

Citizen Science Training

Learning about Sedges and Rushes

This fall CCA began training our citizen scientists for our Big Dominguez Creek riparian area study.  During this field day BLM-Ecologist Nikki Grant-Hoffman taught volunteers about the monitoring methods we will implement in the National Conservation Area. The training included a detailed lesson identifying native plants and grasses found in the riparian areas.  We will be beginning our official surveys in the spring and summer of 2015. If you are interested in helping with our citizen science projects in Dominguez please contact Bry at

Summer events well attended

It's been a great few months of activities focused on stewardship and conservation on our local National Conservation Areas. 

Some highlights include: 
McInnis Canyons NCA photo by Sarah Lanci

  • Two successful river cleanups within Dominguez-Escalate NCA and McInnis Canyons NCA. 
  • A fun and well attended Hot Tomato Mixer held August 26th.
  • An exciting and educational hike guided by BLM Archaeologist Glade Hadden in Gunnison Gorge NCA. 
  • Attended numerous events and farmers markets to inform people of the work CCA has been doing. 

Upcoming events include: 
  • September 8th Gunnison Gorge NCA birding hike with Jason Beason 8:00-11:00 A.M. 
  • September 27th fall trail monitoring class in Fruita.
  • October 4th Guided hike on Big Dominguez Creek in Dominguez Escalate NCA 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
  • October 6-7th Dominguez-Escalate NCA third grade scavenger hunt-Volunteers needed to help run stations. 
To find out more about any of the listed events or to volunteer please email Bryanna at

Gunnison and Colorado River Cleanups

This year CCA was very thankful to have so many helping hands to volunteer for our two successful river cleanups within our local National Conservation Areas of Dominguez Escalante NCA and McInnis Canyons NCA.  All of our volunteers did a great job of helping to gather trash along the Gunnison and Colorado River Corridors.  

Gunnison River Cleanup 
Gunnison River Volunteers enjoying the nice overcast day.
On July 26th, Colorado Canyons Association teamed up with Western Slope Adventurers and Western Colorado Congress to clean approximately 25 miles of the Gunnsion River between Delta and Bridgeport. After the cleanup CCA hosted a BBQ at Confluence Park in Delta to celebrate our work. We would like to thank REI for the awesome volunteer t-shirts and the great door prize drawing items!

Colorado River Cleanup

Getting ready for our second day of the cleanup
On August 2-3rd, Colorado Canyons Association partnered with the Grand Junction BLM to host an overnight river cleanup on the Ruby Horsethief section of the river.  Along with collecting large amounts of trash, volunteers were able to enjoy some of the local wildlife which included desert big horn sheep and even a black bear!  After a good days work everyone was able to enjoy a great meal of homemade meatball sandwhiches, socializing and great music. We would like to thank REI for supplying some great river prizes, everyone really enjoyed them.