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Night Sky Program at Chimney Rock Archaeological Area July 9

Chimney Rock Archaeological Area will host the Night Sky Archaeoastronomy Program on Friday, July 9.

The program opens with Native American flute melodies by Charles Martinez and Native American storytelling.

Following a lecture on naked-eye astronomy of the Ancestral Puebloans and the solar system and universe, participants will drive to the upper parking lot of the Chimney Rock Archaeological Area for approximately 1.5 hours of night-sky viewing. Telescopes will be available to assist with viewing, or you can bring your own.

Participants are advised to come prepared with binoculars, water (also for sale at the cabin), flashlights and coats. The gate will open at 6:15 p.m.; the opening series of lectures is scheduled from 7:15 to 8:15; viewing from 8:45 to 10:15.

The upper parking area is paved and wheelchair accessible, with restroom facilities. Reservations are suggested as space is limited.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 11 years and younger and can also be purchased at the Visitor Cabin prior to the program.

For reservations, call 883-5359 (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily).

The program is sponsored by Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, San Juan National Forest, and the Pagosa Ranger District. For more information about the entire 2010 program visit the website at