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September events at Chimney Rock Archaeological Area

Summer is coming to an end, but there is still time to enjoy Chimney Rock this year.

The 2011 Chimney Rock Archaeological Area tour season ends at the close of day on Sunday, Sept. 30.

But, wait ... there’s more!

Chimney Rock Archaeological Area will host the final Full Moon Program of the season on Monday, Sept. 12. The program includes hiking up to the Great House Pueblo just before sunset, and then a presentation on the archaeoastronomy of the site will be given as the full moon rises over the San Juan Mountains. Live flute music by Native American Artist Charles Martinez will accompany the presentation. The gate along Colo. 151 will be open from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m. The program begins at 6:30 and the moonrise is at approximately 7:13.

Tickets are $15 for this two-hour program designed for folks 12 years and older. Reservations are required.

In addition to the Full Moon Program, a guided tour of the Great Kiva Trail will be offered at 4:45 p.m. for an additional $5. Persons attending the Full Moon Program should come prepared with a good working flashlight, warm clothing and a blanket or ground cloth to sit on (no folding chairs please).

Friday, Sept. 23, is the first day of fall. Start the day at Chimney Rock’s Autumnal Equinox Sunrise Program. This is the day that the sun crosses the equator and spends an equal amount of time above and below the horizon at every location on earth. This two- to three-hour event begins at the Sun Tower (a place not visited on our regular tours) and concludes at the Stone Basin, providing two viewing locations. The gate will be open from 6:05 to 6:10 a.m. Sunrise is at approximately 6:56. Tickets are $15 and reservations are required.

Chimney Rock Archaeological Area is located 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs and three miles south on Colo. 151. For tickets, call the visitor cabin at 883-5359, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Go to

Special Programs are sponsored by the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the San Juan National Forest.

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