Life at Chimney Rock: Free festival of crafts and culture

This year’s Life at Chimney Rock Festival will celebrate art heritage on Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

A major festival attraction is an invitational Indian Market, featuring a variety of quality Native American talent. Family activities and interactive demonstrations of the skills of the ancients will include pottery making, sand painting, pine cone toss, yucca pounding, corn grounding, and throwing the hunting spear, known as an atlatl. Authentic Navajo tacos and fry bread will be for sale at the festival.

The festival will take place at the Chimney Rock Archaeological Area, 17 miles west of Pagosa. Entry to the festival and Indian Market is free. Guided tours of the site, including the Chacoan Great House Pueblo atop the mesa, will be available at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., and 1 and 2 p.m. Cost is $10/adults; $5 /ages 5-11 (free for ages under 5).

Life at Chimney Rock is sponsored by Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, Inc., in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District. For more information, call (970) 883-5359 (from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) or visit our Web site at

Photo courtesy CRIA
There are plenty of activities planned for young and old alike at this year’s Life at Chimney Rock Festival. The celebration of art heritage takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.