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July special events at Chimney Rock Archaeological Area

The 2010 Chimney Rock Native American Cultural Gathering will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 24 and 25.?

The? Native American Cultural Gathering brings together traditional singers, storytellers and dancers from various pueblos. Hopi and Zuni singers and dancers will be there, as well as Acoma Pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Laguna Pueblo,?and Aztec singers and dancers.?

The Traditional Puebloan Social Dances in the Great Kiva will take place at?11 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. No reservations are necessary, so pack up the family and spend an exciting and educational day at Chimney Rock.? Those attending should bring a camp chair to sit on.? No tours will be available during the Gathering.?The Native American Cultural Gathering is sponsored by Friends of Native Cultures, in cooperation with Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, Inc. and the USDA Forest Service, San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District.

?On Monday, July 26, watch the full moon rise at the Great House Pueblo site, learn about the Ancestral Puebloans, archaeoastronomy theories, area geology, and enjoy Native American flute melodies by Charles Martinez. Gates open from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Program begins at 8:15. Moon rise is at approximately 8:40. This moon rise will not occur between the twin spires. Children under the age of 12 are not allowed at this program. Allow approximately two to three hours for the entire program. Reservations are required. Tickets are $15. Add $5 for an early tour of the lower area (Great Kiva Trail Loop), which starts at 6:15. Bring flashlights, water (also for sale at the cabin), cushions, and blankets or coats. For tickets, call the visitor cabin at 883-5359, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

The Full Moon 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 our entire 2010 program, visit our website at