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New Introduction to Chimney Rock Program

Chimney Rock Archaeological Area is offering a new program this season titled, “Introduction to Chimney Rock.”

This program will take place Sunday, Aug. 19, and will consist of an educational presentation by Charles Martinez, a local Native American musician. Charles will discuss music in ancestral and modern Native American culture, especially drums. Guests will have the opportunity to do some drumming and learn about other?traditional instruments.

The program is free of charge and is appropriate for any age. The whole family is encouraged to attend — children, parents and grandparents. This program was developed in order to provide an experience for those who do not choose to do the hiking tour due to physical limitations or time constraints and for anyone who wants to learn more about Chimney Rock.

Guests for this event will arrive at 4:30 p.m. and drive to the upper parking area, which is paved and has restrooms. There is some seating available, but guests can also bring chairs. The program will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. 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.

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 to special events such as the Full Moon Program, Night Sky Program and the upcoming Fall Solstice Program.

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

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