|Calendar of Events - 2015 Chimney Rock National Monument
These programs are sponsored by Chimney Rock Interpretive Assn., Inc. in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, Pagosa Ranger District. All of our Monthly Programs and some of our Annual Events can be booked online by clicking here:
or you can book by calling 1-877-444-6777.|
Printable 2015 Calendar
Volunteer Potluck Dinners
The volunteer potlucks feature a speaker and good company and are open to the public-please join us at the Ross Aragon Community Center at 451 Hot Springs Blvd in Pagosa Springs. CRIA will provide coffee and water. Anyone who wants to help with set up just c'mon by around 5:30pm--if anyone can stay and help clean and put away the tables, it is much appreciated.
January 8, March 12, May 14, June 11, August 13, October 8
January 8: Chimney Rock Management Plan by Kevin Khung, Forest Service District Ranger
March 12: Archuleta County Commissioner
Volunteer Training Days
April 10 & 11. Two full days (9am-4:30pm) of free training workshops to educate and train volunteers to assist in the operation of the Chimney Rock National Monument. Training will take place at the PLPOA Vista Club House at 230 Port Ave. Training includes a full slate of speakers. Lunch is provided both days. Registration required by Monday, March 30th. Call 970-731-7133 Mon, Wed & Fri., from 9am to 1pm or leave a message. Join the team!
April 10 - Introductory Site Tour for New Volunteers: Afternoon. Meet at the site gate.
Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) invites community members to come to the annual Chimney Rock National Monument Open House on Friday, March 20 at Sunetha Properties located at 165 N. Pagosa Blvd. in Pagosa Springs from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. There will be a host of CRIA volunteers on hand at the Open House who are eager to introduce guests to the variety of roles that support CRIA and the flexibility in level of commitment.
Friday, May 15. CRIA officially opens its 2015 program season at Chimney Rock National Monument. Come experience a unique part of America's heritage in the shadows of Chimney Rock's awe-inspiring twin spires. Visit this Ancient Puebloan cultural site located 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs and 3 miles south on Highway 151. The site is accessible for guided walking tours (2 hours) at 9:30am, 11:00am, 1:00pm. Adults/$12; Children 5-16/$5; Under 5/Free. Self-guided tours are available from 10:30am to 3:00pm. Adults/$12 Children 5-16/$5; Under 5/Free. Ticket purchase is considered a donation and is non-refundable.
Celebrate Chimney Rock Day
May 23 - is Celebrate Chimney Rock Day! CRIA invites the public to visit Chimney Rock to enjoy guided tours all weekend long and free interactive activities including:
The guided walking tours of this ancient cultural site, where the Ancestral Puebloan people lived a thousand years ago, are 2 hours and $12 for adult and $5 for children. Tour start times are at 9:30am, 11:00am, and 1:00pm.
- Atlatl throwing
- Creating Pictograph
- Corn grinding on the metate like the Ancient Puebloans
- Yucca pounding
Full Moon Programs
Watch the full moon rise at the Great House Pueblo site, learn about the Ancestral Puebloans, archaeoastronomy theories, area geology, and enjoy Native American flute melodies by Charles Martinez. This moon rise will not occur between the twin spires. Not recommended for children under the age of 12. Allow approximately 3 hrs for the entire program. Tickets are $15. Reservations are required.
Early Tour & Full Moon Programs: This program includes the Full Moon Program and an early tour of the Great Kiva Trail. Cost for this program is $20. Reservations are required.
June 2 - The HWY 151 gate will close at 7:15pm. Program begins at 7:45. Great Kiva tour starts at 5:45pm.
July 1- The HWY 151 gate will close at 7:00pm. Program begins at 7:30pm. Great Kiva tour starts at 5:30pm.
July 31- The HWY 151 gate will close at 7:00pm. Program begins at 7:30pm. Great Kiva tour starts at 5:30pm.
August 29 - The HWY 151 gate will close at 6:30pm. Program begins at 7:00pm. Great Kiva tour starts at 5:00pm.
September 27- The HWY 151 gate will close at 5:45pm. Program begins at 6:15pm. Great Kiva tour starts at 4:15pm.
Moon Viewing Plus Programs
View the full moon at Chimney Rock though telescopes! This program includes an interactive discussion at the Visitor's Cabin on the archaeoastronomy of Chimney Rock and a preview of what guests may expect to see with the telescopes. Visitors will then drive to the upper parking lot for telescope viewing of specific moon locations. As the moon is setting, focus will shift to deeper-sky objects plus any man-made object that comes into view. Cost for this program is $10.00 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-16. The Moon Viewing Program will take place on these dates:
May 29 - The Hwy gate will open at 7:00pm; the opening program is scheduled from 7:30-8:30; with viewing from 9:00pm-10:45pm.
June 26 - The Hwy gate will open at 7:00pm; the opening program is scheduled from 7:30-8:30; with viewing from 9:00pm-11:00pm.
July 24 - The Hwy gate will open at 6:45pm; the opening program is scheduled from 7:15-8:15; with viewing from 8:45pm-10:45pm.
August 21 - The Hwy gate will open at 6:15pm; the opening program is scheduled from 6:45-7:45; with viewing from 8:15pm-10:00pm.
September 18 - The Hwy gate will open at 5:45pm; the opening program is scheduled from 6:15pm-7:15; with viewing from 7:45pm-9:15pm.
Night Sky Archaeoastronomy Programs
Chimney Rock's entertaining yet educational Night-Sky Archaeoastronomy Program includes a one-hour astronomy demonstration at the Visitor Cabin. Guests will learn about naked-eye astronomy of the Ancestral Puebloans and the solar system and universe. Then participants will drive to the upper mesa for approximately 1.5 hours of night-sky viewing through telescopes. Participants are advised to bring binoculars, water (also for sale at the Visitor Cabin), flashlights, and coats. The upper parking area is paved and wheelchair accessible, with restroom facilities. Reservations are required. (Reservations only) Tickets are $10/adults and $5.00 for children 5-16 years of age. Ticket purchase is considered a donation and is non-refundable.
May 15 - The HWY 151 gate will close at 7:00pm; the opening program is scheduled from 7:15pm to 8:15pm; with viewing from 8:45pm to 10:30pm.
June 12 - The HWY 151 gate will close at 7:15pm; the opening program is scheduled from 7:30pm to 8:30pm; with viewing from 9:00pm to 11:00pm.
July 17 - The HWY 151 gate will close at 7:15pm; the opening program is scheduled from 7:30pm to 8:30pm; with viewing from 9:00pm to 10:45pm.
August 14 - The HWY 151 gate will close at 6:45pm; the opening program is scheduled from 7:00pm to 8:00pm; with viewing from 8:30pm to 10:15pm.
September 11 - The HWY 151 gate will close at 6:00pm; the opening program is scheduled from 6:15pm to 7:15pm; with viewing from 7:45pm to 9:30pm.
Summer Solstice Sunrise Program
June 21 - Watch the sun rise over the San Juans this first day of summer and discuss how the ancients may have lived and why they celebrated the solstice. Summer solstice is the longest day of the year with sunrise occurring the farthest north on the horizon of the entire year. This unique 2-3 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. Tickets are $15 and reservations are required. Ticket purchase is considered a donation and is non-refundable. The HWY 151 gate will be open from 5:00am-5:05am. Sunrise is at approximately 5:48am.
Life at Chimney Rock Festival
July 25 & 26 - Interactive demonstrations of crafts and skills of ancestral Puebloan culture and regional Native American cultures. Free demonstrations from 10 am to 4 pm include use of the Atlatl, basket-making, flint knapping, flute making & playing, grinding grain, pottery making, fiber spinning, and yucca pounding to make rope. Shop the Indian market. The Festival is free to the public and will be held at the Visitor Cabin parking area. Guided and self-guided tours of the site will be offered for a fee. No reservations required. Ticket purchase is considered a donation and is non-refundable.
Puebloan Pottery Workshop
July 31-August 2 - Noted Potter Gregory Wood (website at http://www.ancientarts.org) leads participants to replicate Pueblo III Mesa Verde black-on-white, organically painted pottery. Participants will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of craftsmanship, design, and prehistoric technology required to create and fire pottery as the Ancestral Puebloans did. Learn to hand form, burnish, decorate, and trench kiln fire using only prehistoric methods. Prepaid advance reservations required, limited enrollment. The 3-day workshop takes place at Chimney Rock National Monument. Early reservations help us ensure this class will happen. For reservation information contact the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Autumnal Equinox Sunrise Program
September 23 - Watch the sun rise over the San Juans this first day of autumn, and discuss how the ancients may have lived, and why they celebrated the equinoxes. This 2-3 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. Tickets are $15 and reservations are required. Ticket purchase is considered a donation and is non-refundable. The HWY 151 gate will be open from 6:00am to 6:05am. Sunrise is at approximately 6:56am.
End of Season
September 30 - Last day to enjoy guided tours offered through the Chimney Rock Interpretive program. The Visitor Center at the Chimney Rock National Monument officially closes today. Thank you for another great season - see you again next year! Post season tours by reservation only. Call 970-731-7133.