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Chimney Rock Archaeological Area Night Sky Program

Chimney Rock Archaeological Area will host the Night Sky Archaeostronomy Program Friday, June 3.

The program opens with the Native American flute melodies by Charles Martinez. 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. Subsequent Night-Sky Archaeoastronomy Programs this season will be Fridays, on July 1, July 29 and Aug. 26.

Participants are advised to come prepared with binoculars, water (also for sale at the cabin), flashlights and coats. The gate will open at 6:30 p.m. with viewing from 9 to 10:30. The upper parking area is paved and wheelchair accessible, with restroom facilities. Reservations are suggested as space is limited. Tickets are $10/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. Chimney Rock Archaeology Area is located 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs on U.S. 160 and three miles south on Colo. 151.

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Sponsored by Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the San Juan National Forest.

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