NAI Region 7 covers the deserts of the Southwest, the Colorado Plateau, part of the Rocky Mountains, and the eastern edge of the Great Basin.
Formerly the “Rocky Mountain” region, the region contracted in size in 2017, going from 1.6 million square miles – from the Mexican border to the Arctic Ocean – to include just the four states of the Four Corners region: Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.
Our smaller geographic footprint introduces new occasions for sharing and growing, as we now can gather in person more easily for workshops and events. The unique landscapes we occupy color our landscape and our history, providing rich opportunities for interpretation. Collectively we are home to 14 National Parks, dozens of State Parks, and countless historical sites, nature centers, zoos, monuments and open spaces.
From north to south, the Mojave to the plains of eastern Colorado, interpreters are grappling with fostering understanding and appreciation in a fast-changing world. Our special places–and how they are experienced–are changing along with the climate, new technologies, and stakeholder interests. NAI (and Region 7 by extension) aims to help interpreters everywhere rise to the challenge.