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Season at Chimney Rock opens May 15

Chimney Rock Archaeological Area will open to the public Sunday, May 15, for its 2011 season.

Guided tours are available four times a day at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m. The tour takes approximately 2.5 hours and involves hiking along the spectacular ridgetop to several pueblo archaeological sites dating from 950 to 1125 A.D. The cost of the tour is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-11. Chimney Rock is located 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs and three miles south on Colo. 151.

This year’s first Full Moon Program will take place Tuesday, May 17. 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 7:15 to 8 p.m. The program begins at 8:30. Moonrise is at approximately 9. Allow approximately two to three hours for the entire program, which is not recommended for children under 12. Reservations are required. Tickets are $15. Add $5 for an early tour of the lower area (Great Kiva Trail Loop), which starts at 6:30 p.m. Bring flashlights, water (also for sale at the cabin), cushions, and blankets or coats. For tickets, call the visitor cabin after May15 at 883-5359, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Memorial Day weekend (May 27-30) is Local Appreciation Days at Chimney Rock Archaeological Area. Residents from Pagosa, Ignacio, Arboles, Durango and surrounding communities are invited to visit Chimney Rock to enjoy half-price guided tours all weekend long.

Include Chimney Rock in your plans this summer. For more information about our 2011 season, go to our website at The Chimney Rock Program Season and Guided Tours are sponsored by Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, Inc. (C.R.I.A.), in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, San Juan National Forest and the Pagosa Ranger District.

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