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 were a Great Success!

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.


CCA Summer Mixer

Colorado Canyons Association would like to invite all community members to join us for an entertaining night of food, drinks, and music at Hot Tomato Pizzeria in Fruita. We will be enjoying the back patio of the Hot Tomato while we listen to Willie DeFord and the Street Car Visions. Along with great food and music, Hot Tomato has donated some awesome door prizes for the evening. So grab some friends and join us for a fun night and great cause on August 26th from 6:00-9:00 P.M.

Rock Art of the Colorado Plateau Lecture

Colorado Canyons Association and The Museum of Western Colorado are excited to offer an exciting evening of programing led by Museum Curator Zebulon Miracle.  

Join us for an interesting look at the rock art and cultures of the Colorado Plateau.  We will start the night off at 6:00 pm with refreshments and a private tour of the rock art exhibit on display at the Museum of the West in  downtown Grand Junction. 

Zebulon Miracle will then lead a fascinating talk about the cultures that created this beautiful rock art at the Whitman Education Building.  The lecture is free and open to the public but donations will be greatly appreciated. The lecture will start at 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 29th at The Museum of the West in downtown Grand Junction. Contact Bryanna Kuhlman at

River Cleanup Help Needed

Colorado Canyons Association and their partners are planning two river cleanups for this summer.  So bring your boats and come join the fun.  

Gunnison River Cleanup

On July 26th, CCA along with West Slope Adventurers and BLM will be holding a Gunnison River Cleanup. Bring your boats, so we can divide into two groups to clean up two portions of the Gunnison River. After we will all go to Confluence Park to enjoy socializing, a BBQ and some fun door prizes donated by REI.   If you are interested in helping or would like more information please contact Bry Kuhlman  at or call at 970-263-7902.

McInnis Canyons River Cleanup
Blacks Rocks on Colorado River 
Bring your boat and join us! Saturday and Sunday August 2-3rd, CCA and BLM will host a river cleanup in the Loma to Westwater section of the Colorado River.

We will camp together at the mouth of Mee Canyon along the river for a fun night of celebrating our work. CCA will provide dinner the night of the 2nd and breakfast the morning of the 3rd. We will also be giving out some river gear donated by REI during dinner. 

If you are interested please contact Bry Kuhlman at or call at 970-263-7902.

5th Annual Scavenger Hunt in McInnis Canyon NCA

Thank you to all of the volunteers who made this event possible.  We were able to host 400 third graders from Grand Junction this year. They were able to get out and be active while learning about the geology, archeology, birds and trees of the area. Stayed tuned to hear about other educational events happening in fall 2014 in Dominquez-Escalante and Gunnison Gorge NCA's. If you are interested in volunteering for these events please contact Bryanna at or 970-263-7902 for more information.