Crazy About Canyons Spring Dinner!!

You are invited to support CCA and our local NCA's at Carlson's Winery on May 3rd........

CCA Winter and Spring Outings Almost Complete

Photo by Matt Mcgrath
It's been a great few months of activities focused on informing the community about our regional National Conservation Area's.  With over 500 members of the public and four organizational partners participating we are proud of our accomplishments so far this year.  

Some highlights include: 
  • In Delta, The archeology and geology of Gunnison Gorge NCA with BLM Archeologist Glade Hadden (over 80 members attending). 
  • Paleontology of the NCA's with Dr. Martin Lockley, world renowned dinosaur expert, brought to Grand Junction in partnership with the Museum of Western Colorado (over 80 members attending). 
  • History of Escalante Canyon Lecture and bus tour in partnership with the Delta County Museum and the Interpretive Association of Western Colorado (175 attending both events). 
  • Several engaging and educational hikes in both McInnis Canyons and Dominguez-Escalante this spring.
Upcoming events include: 
  • Fundraising dinner at Carlson's Winery on May 3rd. 
  • Volunteers needed for the Devils Canyon 3rd grade Scavenger Hunt on May 12-15th.
  • May wildflower and birding hikes in Gunnison Gorge and McInnis Canyons.
  • Trail Monitoring Training and 'Trail Blitz' weekend coming up on May 31st and June 1st.
  • Other events and outings to be announced including a membership mixer at Hot Tomato in Fruita.
To find out more about any of the listed events or to volunteer please email Joe Neuhof at 

Getting Students Out This Fall!

We had a busy fall schedule of activities in the three National Conservation Area's.  Thanks to the many volunteers who helped make our student education events a huge success (listed below) and participated in one of our outings or trail monitoring activities.  Stay tuned for our winter lecture series announcement in late December.

In September CCA worked with BLM, Trout Unlimited and others to host the 3rd annual Cottonwood Days education event in Gunnison Gorge NCA.  This four day event brought over six hundred 6th graders out along the Gunnison River to learn about aquatic ecosystems, fly fishing and cultural history.

In October CCA hosted the 2nd annual Dominguez-Escalante NCA Scavenger Hunt, bringing nearly two hundred Delta County 3rd graders into Escalante Canyon for a day of discovery.  This program includes experts from several partner organizations and an opportunity for students to learn about the wildlife, plants, geology and history of this amazing place.

For more information or to volunteer contact Joe Neuhof at
Watch CCA's Video Short!

 Become a trail monitor!

(photo: Bobby Evans)
Do you find yourself in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area more than twice each month? Do you have a favorite trail in the NCA that you visit on a regular basis? Do you need an excuse to get out on the trails more often? Consider becoming a CCA trail monitor and help keep our trails in good condition!

Trail monitors will help CCA and our local BLM office take an inventory of the condition of the trails throughout the NCA so we can keep them in good condition and provide the most up-to-date information to the public. If you are interested in participating in this important program or to learn more about it, please contact Joe Neuhof at 970-263-7902970-263-7902 or

Historic Gateway documentary and exhibit

Colorado Canyons Association and the Museum of Western Colorado are pleased to announce the premier of a new historical documentary and exhibit on the Gateway area. Award-winning videographer Mara Ferris, of Gen9 Productions, has created a documentary chronicling the rich history and natural wonders of this region just south of Grand Junction. This film is accompanied by a new exhibit on the cultural, paleontological, and natural history of the area created by museum curator Zebulon Miracle.
Stories from the Land is a thirty-minute documentary that includes numerous interviews and photographs from the Gateway area south of Grand Junction. The documentary was commissioned by the Colorado Canyons Association in 2011 to highlight the rich cultural and natural history in this stunning Colorado canyon country. The Museum of Western Colorado partnered with the filmmaker to conduct oral histories and locate never-before-published historic photographs of the area. Twenty-five individuals who represent a wide range of uses and historical connections to the area were interviewed for the film, creating hours of new perspectives and stories that will be housed at the Museum.