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Special events at Chimney Rock Archaeological Area

Come spend an exciting and educational day at Chimney Rock Archaeological Area! The 2010 Chimney Rock Native American Cultural Gathering will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 24 and 25.

This once-a-year celebration brings together traditional singers, storytellers and dancers in full ceremonial costume 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.

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., the USDA Forest Service, San Juan National Forest, and the Pagosa Ranger District.

On Monday, July 26, experience the Full Moon at Chimney Rock’s Great House Pueblo site. This program includes Native American flute melodies and storytelling by Charles Martinez. Tickets are $15 for this two-hour program designed for folks 12 years and older.

Gates are open from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Program begins at 8:15. Moon rise is at approximately 8:40.

An early tour of the lower area (Great Kiva Trail Loop) starts at 6:15 p.m for an additional $5. Bring flashlights, water (also for sale at the cabin), cushions, and blankets or coats. Reservations are required. 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 the entire 2010 program, visit the website at www.chimneyrockco.org.