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Upcoming special events in August at Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock Archaeological Area will host the Night Sky Archaeoastronomy Program Friday, Aug. 13.

This entertaining, educational program, which includes a one-hour astronomy lecture at the cabin, provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the visible celestial objects. Following a lecture on naked-eye astronomy of the Ancestral Puebloans, 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. Participants are advised to come prepared with binoculars, water, flashlights and coats.

The gate will open at 5:45 p.m.; the opening program is scheduled from 6:45 to 7:45; with viewing from 8:15 to 9:45.

The upper parking area is paved and wheelchair accessible, with restroom facilities. Reservations are suggested, as space is limited. Tickets can also be purchased at the Visitor Cabin prior to the program: $10 for adults and $5 for children 11 years and younger.

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

On Tuesday, Aug. 24, come 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 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 7. Moon rise is at approximately 7:36. This moon rise will not occur between the twin spires.

Tickets are $15 for this two-hour program designed for folks 12 years and older. Add $5 for an early tour of the lower area (Great Kiva Trail Loop), which starts at 5 p.m. Bring flashlights, water, cushions and blankets or coats. For tickets, call 883-5359, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Sponsored by Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, San Juan National Forest and the Pagosa Ranger District. Visit our website for more information on our entire 2010 season at www.chimneyrockco.org.