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Chimney Rock offers new program

A new program has been added to the schedule at Chimney Rock Archaeological Area this season.

The program is titled “Introduction to Chimney Rock,” and will consist of an educational presentation relating to the site and live music performed by Native American flute player Charles Martinez.

The program will be held on the third Sunday of the month, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. It will be offered free of charge, with attendance limited to 25 guests. The program will be held at the upper parking area and will provide an experience for those who do not choose to do the hiking tour due to physical limitations or time constraints, or for anyone who wants to learn more about Chimney Rock.

The presentations will vary each month, with topics of general interest to all.

The first event will be held on Sunday, June 17, and the topic is, “What’s for Dinner?”

The speaker will be retired educator and active Chimney Rock volunteer Dottie George. She will provide insight into the diet of the Ancestral Puebloans with focus on the edible plants found in the area. Charles Martinez will perform.

Guests for this event should arrive at 4:30, then drive to the upper parking area, which is paved and has restrooms. There is some seating available, but guests will also be able to bring chairs. The program will end by 6:30.

Because space is limited, reservations are recommended by calling the Visitor Cabin at 883-5359.

Though this program is offered free of charge, donations are greatly appreciated.

Chimney Rock Archaeological Area is an Ancestral Puebloan site located in the San Juan National Forest, 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs. The area hosts many events during the season from May 15 to Sept. 30. The public activities are conducted by the staff and volunteers of the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, a nonprofit organization under the direction of the San Juan National Forest. Tours of the site are conducted daily; in addition, special events such as Full Moon, Night Sky, Life at Chimney Rock and Cultural Dances are scheduled during the season. The public is invited to experience this fascinating place and try the new program, “Introduction to Chimney Rock.”

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