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Pottery making, music at ‘Introduction to Chimney Rock’

A new program titled, “Introduction to Chimney Rock” will take place Sunday, July 15, at Chimney Rock Archaeological Area.

The program will consist of an educational presentation titled “Pottery, Then and Now,” by Chimney Rock volunteer and experienced potter Gloria Bissmeyer. She will discuss materials and techniques of ancestral pottery making and demonstrate how these traditions are practiced today along with modern pottery making techniques. There will be examples of materials and pottery.

Native American flute player Charles Martinez will perform and provide information on traditional flute music.

The program will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and is offered free of charge. This event is appropriate for all ages 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.

Guests for this event should arrive at 4:30 and 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. Though this program is free, donations are greatly appreciated. Call the cabin at 883-5339 for more information or to make a reservation for this informative and fun event.

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.”

Sponsored by Chimney Rock Interpretive Assoc., Inc., in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District. Visit the website at

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