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August events at Chimney Rock Archaeological Area

Join us for the Chimney Rock Night Sky Archaeoastronomy Program on Friday, Aug. 17, or Sunday, Aug. 19.

We are offering two Night Sky Programs this month, giving you two opportunities to see this great program, which includes a one-hour astronomy lecture at the cabin and provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the visible celestial objects.

Following a lecture on the solar system and the 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. The Colo. 151 gate will open at 5:45 p.m.; the opening program is scheduled from 6:45-7:45, with viewing from 8:15-9:45. Reservations are suggested as space is limited or tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Cabin prior to the program: $10 for adults and $5 for children 11 years and younger.

Participants in the Night Sky Program are advised to come prepared with binoculars, water (also for sale at the cabin), flashlights, blankets and coats. Call 883-5359, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, for reservations.

One of Chimney Rock’s new programs titled, “Introduction to Chimney Rock” will take place on Sunday, Aug. 19. The program will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and is 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 will arrive at 4:30, 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 of charge, donations are greatly appreciated. Call 883-5339 for more information or to make a reservation for this informative and fun event.

On Friday, Aug. 31, come watch the Full Moon rise at the ancient surroundings of Chimney Rock Archaeological Area while listening to soothing Native American flute melodies played by Charles Martinez. While awaiting the moon’s arrival near the Great House Pueblo site, visitors will learn about the Ancestral Puebloans, the archaeological relationship of Chimney Rock to Chaco Canyon, and archaeo-astronomy theories. Reservations are required. Tickets are $15 for this two-hour program designed for folks 12 years and older. Add $5 for an early tour of the lower area (Great Kiva Trail Loop), which starts at 4:30 p.m. The Colo.151 gate will be open from 5:30 to 5:45 and the program begins at 6:30. The moon will not be rising between the twin spires. Bring flashlights, water (also for sale at the cabin), cushions and blankets or coats. For tickets, call the visitor cabin at 883-5359, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

After the Full Moon Program, guests will be given the opportunity to join us for the new Full Moon Viewing Program. This program begins with a lecture about the moon and solar system. After the lecture, guests will be able to view the surface of the moon with our telescopes. Cost for this program is only $5. The lecture will last approximately 45 minutes and guests will be given an hour to view the moon with the telescopes. For tickets, call the visitor cabin, or tickets may be purchased at the site.

Chimney Rock Archaeology Area is located 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs on U.S. 160 three miles south on Colo. 151. Turn right at the gate and follow the road one half mile to the cabin registration area where the tours begin. No reservations are needed for the tours. All programs are sponsored by Chimney Rock Interpretive Assoc., Inc., in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District. Visit our website at www.chimneyrockco.org.

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