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 2016 Calendar
Lectures and Social Hours
Semi-monthly lecture featuring speaker and social hour with good company is open to the public-please join us at the Ecoluxe Building at The Springs Resort and Spa in Pagosa Springs. CRIA will provide coffee; the hotel's bar will be open for water and purchase of drinks.
January 14, March 10, May 20, August 11, September 8, 6:00 - 8:00pm
January 14: Results of 2010 Archaeological Survey for the Forest Service's Peterson Ridge Fuel Reduction Project presented by Douglas E. Loebig
March 10: Fremont culture of Utah, centered in the Capitol Reef area presented by Rick Stinchfield, one of our new 2015 volunteers
May 20: Special Lecture by Dr. Kim Malville, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at the University of Colorado, Boulder
Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) invites community members to come to the annual Chimney Rock National Monument Open House on Friday, March 18 at the Ecoluxe Building at The Springs Resort and Spa from 6:00 - 8:00pm. There will be a host of CRIA volunteers on hand, eager to introduce guests to the variety of roles that support CRIA and the flexibility in level of commitment.
Volunteer Training Days
April 15 & 16. Two full days (9:00 am - 4:30 pm) 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 Chimney Rock site and the PLPOA Vista Club House at 230 Port Ave. Training includes a full slate of speakers. Lunch is provided both days. Registration required by Friday, March 25th. Call 970-731-7133 Mon, Wed & Thurs, from 11:00am - 3:00pm or leave a message. Join the team!
Sunday, May 15. CRIA officially opens its 2016 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.
Daily Walking Tours Available:
Guided 2-hour tour: Includes Great Kiva Trail (see features below) and Pueblo Trail. The Pueblo Trail features include a multi-family dwelling and several unexcavated structures. At the top, Chimney Rock's Chacoan-style Great House Pueblo is spectacular against the backdrop of the San Juan Mountains.
- May 15 to June 30: daily tours offered at 9:30am, 11:00am, and 1:00pm
- July 1 to August 15: daily tours offered at 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, and 1:00pm
- August 16 to September 30: daily tours offered at 9:30am, 11:00am, and 1:00pm
Audio-Guided Kiva Trail Tour (approximately 30 minutes): Features a 44-ft diameter excavated Great Kiva and excavated pit house and several unexcavated structures. 1/3 mile paved, ADA accessible loop. Tours available 10am-3pm daily.
Cost for all tours: Adults/$12; Children 5-12/$5; under 5/Free. Ticket purchase is considered a donation and is non-refundable.
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. Recommended for age 8 and up. Allow approximately 3 hrs for the entire program. Tickets are $15.
Early Tour/Full Moon Package: $20 for a guided tour of the Great Kiva Trail prior to the Full Moon program.
Ticket purchase is considered a donation and is non-refundable. Bring flashlights, water (also for sale at the Visitor Cabin), cushions, and blankets or coats. Reservations are required.
May 21 - Arrive 6:15pm for Full Moon, 5:30pm for Kiva Tour/Full Moon package. Full Moon program begins at 7:30pm.
June 20 - Arrive 6:45pm for Full Moon, 6:00pm for Kiva Tour/Full Moon package. Full Moon program begins at 8:00pm.
July 19 - Arrive 6:15pm for Full Moon, 5:30pm for Kiva Tour/Full Moon package. Full Moon program begins at 7:30pm.
August 18 - Arrive 6:15pm for Full Moon, 5:30pm for Kiva Tour/Full Moon package. Full Moon program begins at 7:30v.
September 16 - Arrive 5:30pm for Full Moon, 4:45pm for Kiva Tour/Full Moon package. Full Moon program begins at 6:45pm.
Moon Viewing Plus
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 ages 13 & up and $5 for children ages 5-12. Reservations are required. Ticket purchase is considered a donation and is non-refundable.
June 10 - Arrive 6:30 - 6:45pm; program begins 7:00pm.
July 15 - Arrive 6:30-6:45pm; program begins 7:00pm.
August 12 - Arrive 6:00 - 6:15pm; program begins 6:30pm.
September 9 - Arrive 5:30 - 5:45pm; program begins 6:00pm.
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. Tickets are $10 for adults ages 13 & up and $5.00 for children ages 5-12. Ticket purchase is considered a donation and is non-refundable.
June 3 - Arrive 6:30 - 6:45pm; program begins 7:00pm.
July 1 - Arrive 6:30 - 6:45pm; program begins 7:00pm.
July 29 - Arrive 6:15 - 6:30pm; program begins 6:45pm.
September 2 - Arrive 5:30 - 5:45pm; program begins 6:00pm.
September 30 - Arrive 5:00 - 5:15pm; program begins 5:30pm.
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 5:00 - 5:05am. Sunrise is at approximately 5:48am.
Celebrate Chimney Rock Fundraiser
June 25 - Mark your calendars for this family-oriented event at Town Park on Saturday, June 25, 2016, 4:00 - 8:00pm. There is no admission fee, but donations are accepted. Step back in time as volunteers and artisans demonstrate ancient tools and crafts. Visitors may make a pot, paint their own petroglyph, and much more! Food and spirits will be available to purchase and the San Juan Mountain Boys will be entertaining the crowd. There will be a raffle for several special packages of gift items from area businesses.
Life at Chimney Rock Festival
July 23 & 24 - 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 audio-guided tours of the site will be offered for a fee. No reservations required. Ticket purchase (for tours) is considered a donation and is non-refundable.
Puebloan Pottery Workshop
July 29-31 (SOLD OUT/Registration Closed) - 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 6:00 - 6:05am. Sunrise is at approximately 6:56am.
End of Season
September 30 - Last day to access the archaeological site 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!