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Calendar - 2014
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: Recreation.gov Book Now or you can book by calling 1-877-444-6777.

Printable 2014 Calendar

Potluck Dinners
Monthly potluck open to the public, every second Thursday, featuring speaker and good company - please join us. CRIA will provide coffee and water. Dinner is at 6:00 pm, lecture is at 7:00 pm. 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.
Jan. 9, Feb. 13, Mar. 13, Apr. 10, May 8, July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11, Nov. 13, Dec. 11

Lecture subjects/speakers:
  Jan. 9: West Fork Complex Fire by Kevin Khung, Forest Service District Ranger
  Feb. 13: Navajo Lake - It's Rock Art and the Dine Culture by Janet Marie Clawson-Cano, Seasonal Environmental Educator/Interpreter at Navajo State Park
  Mar. 13: Ancestral Pueblo Kiva Production during the Chaco and Post-Chaco Periods in the Northern Southwest by Susan C. Ryan, Director of Archaeology at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
  April 10: Archaeological Law and Ethics by Susan C. Ryan, Director of Archaeology at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Open House
Friday, March 28. 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at Quality Resort in Pagosa Springs.

Chimney Rock Pottery SherdVolunteer Training
April 25 & 26. Two full days (8:00 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 PLPOA Vista Club House at 230 Port Ave. Training includes a full slate of speakers. Lunch is provided both days. Registration required by Friday, April 18th. Call 970-731-7133 Mon, Wed & Fri., from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm or leave a message. Join the team!
April 25 - Introductory Site Tour for New Volunteers: Afternoon. Meet at the site gate.
(Training Details)



Native American Flute MusicFull Moon Programs Recreation.gov Book Now
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. Add $5 for an early tour of the Great Kiva Trail. 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. A booking fee applies to each ticket purchased online or through the call center. Making a reservation through the call center or website is the only way to guarantee a spot on this tour. Most programs are at full capacity prior to the event but we will accommodate walk-ins if space is available. Booking fees do not apply to walk-ins. Times are Mountain Daylight Time.
May 14 - The HWY 151 gate will open at 5:30 pm. Program starts at 7:30 pm. Moonrise at 8:30 pm. Great Kiva tour starts at 5:50 pm.
June 12 - The HWY 151 gate will open at 5:00 pm. Program starts at 7:00 pm. Moonrise at 8:00 pm. Great Kiva tour starts at 5:25 pm.
July 12 - The HWY 151 gate will open at 5:45 pm. Program starts at 7:45 pm. Moonrise at 8:45 pm. Great Kiva tour starts at 6:10 pm.
August 10 - The HWY 151 gate will open at 5:00 pm. Program starts at 7:00 pm. Moonrise at 8:00 pm. Great Kiva tour starts at 5:25 pm.
September 8 - The HWY 151 gate will open at 5:15 pm. Program starts at 6:15 pm. Moonrise at 7:15 pm. Great Kiva tour starts at 4:40 pm.
October 8 - The HWY 151 gate will open at 4:00 pm. Program starts at 6:00 pm. Moonrise at 7:00 pm. Great Kiva tour starts at 4:25 pm.
(Full Moon Times Schedule 2014)

Season Opens
Thursday, May 15 - CRIA officially opens its 2014 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 (2.5 hours) at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:00 noon, and 1:30 pm. and self-guided walking tours between 10:30 am and 3:00 pm. Adults/$12; Children 5-16/$5; Under 5/Free. Ticket purchase is considered a donation and is non-refundable.

Visions of Chimney Rock Programs Recreation.gov Book Now
This free program consists of educational talks that focus on Chimney Rock National Monument. Participants will also enjoy Native American flute melodies by Charles Martinez. Come join us the third Sunday of the month, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The program will be held in the upper parking area and will provide an experience for those who choose not to do the hiking tour or for anyone who wants to learn more about Chimney Rock. Guests for this event will arrive at 4:30 pm, 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 pm. Because space is limited to 25, reservations are required. A booking fee applies to each ticket purchased online or through the call center. Making a reservation through the call center or website is the only way to guarantee a spot on this tour. Most programs are at full capacity prior to the event but we will accommodate walk-ins if space is available. Booking fees do not apply to walk-ins.
May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug 17, Sept. 21

Moon Viewing Plus Programs Recreation.gov Book Now
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. Reservations are required. Tickets are $10/adults and $5 for children 5-16 years of age. Ticket purchase is considered a donation and is non-refundable. A booking fee applies to each ticket purchased online or through the call center. Making a reservation through the call center or website is the only way to guarantee a spot on this tour. Most programs are at full capacity prior to the event but we will accommodate walk-ins if space is available. Booking fees do not apply to walk-ins. Times are Mountain Daylight Time.
June 6 - The HWY 151 gate will open at 7:00 pm. Program starts at 7:30 pm and ends at 8:30 pm. Observing starts at 9:00 pm and ends at 10:45 pm.
July 5 - The HWY 151 gate will open at 7:00 pm. Program starts at 7:30 pm and ends at 8:30 pm. Observing starts at 9:00 pm and ends at 11:00 pm.
August 1 - The HWY 151 gate will open at 6:45 pm. Program starts at 7:15 pm and ends at 8:15 pm. Observing starts at 8:45 pm and ends at 10:30 pm.
Sept. 5 - The HWY 151 gate will open at 6:00 pm. Program starts at 6:30 pm and ends at 7:30 pm. Observing starts at 8:00 pm and ends at 9:30 pm.

Local Appreciation Days
May 23 through 26 - Memorial Day Weekend is Local Appreciation Days at Chimney Rock National Monument. CRIA invites area residents to visit Chimney Rock to enjoy half-priced guided tours all weekend long. The guided walking tours of this ancient cultural site, where the Ancestral Puebloan people lived a thousand years ago, are 2.5 hours. Tour start times are at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm. The discounted prices are Adults/$6; Children 5-16/$2.50; Under 5/always free.

Night Sky Archaeoastronomy Programs Recreation.gov Book Now
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/adults and $5 for children 5-16 years of age. Ticket purchase is considered a donation and is non-refundable. A booking fee applies to each ticket purchased online or through the call center. Making a reservation through the call center or website is the only way to guarantee a spot on this tour. Most programs are at full capacity prior to the event but we will accommodate walk-ins if space is available. Booking fees do not apply to walk-ins. Times are Mountain Daylight Time.
May 23 - The HWY 151 gate will open at 6:45 pm. Program starts at 7:15 pm and ends at 8:15 pm. Observing starts at 8:45 pm and ends at 10:30 pm.
June 20 - The HWY 151 gate will open at 7:00 pm. Program starts at 7:30 pm and ends at 8:30 pm. Observing starts at 9:00 pm and ends at 11:00 pm.
July 18 - The HWY 151 gate will open at 7:00 pm. Program starts at 7:30 pm and ends at 8:30 pm. Observing starts at 9:00 pm and ends at 10:45 pm.
August 22 - The HWY 151 gate will open at 6:15 pm. Program starts at 6:45 pm and ends at 7:45 pm. Observing starts at 8:15 pm and ends at 11:00 pm.
September 19 - The HWY 151 gate will open at 5:30 pm. Program starts at 6:00 pm and ends at 7:00 pm. Observing starts at 7:30 pm and ends at 9:00 pm.

Chimney Rock SunriseSummer Solstice Sunrise Program Recreation.gov Book Now
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 TBD am-TBD am. Sunrise is at approximately TBD am. A booking fee applies to each ticket purchased online or through the call center. Making a reservation through the call center or website is the only way to guarantee a spot on this tour. Most programs are at full capacity prior to the event but we will accommodate walk-ins if space is available. Booking fees do not apply to walk-ins.

Life at Chimney Rock Festival
July 26 & 27 - Interactive demonstrations of crafts and skills of ancestral Puebloan culture and regional Native American cultures. Free demonstrations from 10:00 am to 4:00 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.

Native American Cultural Gathering
July TBD - (Dates subject to change-please visit our website at www.chimneyrockco.org for updates.) Traditional singers, storytellers, and dancers from various Pueblos & Tribes. Traditional Puebloan Social Dances in the Great Kiva at 10:30 am and 3:30 pm. No reservations required. Entry fee; Native American arts & crafts & Native frybread. There are no guided tours of the archaeological site during the Gathering days. Sponsored by Southwest Native Cultures (contact Terry at tas@sloanco.net or Jaime Carpio at t0525c@msn.com) in cooperation with Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, Inc., and the USDA Forest Service, San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District. Special thanks to the Southern Ute Cultural Department's Youth Camp and Quality Inn.

Pottery FiringPuebloan Pottery Workshop
August 1-3 - 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. The $180 fee includes instruction, materials, firing, and a tour of the archaeological site. 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 gwood@ancientarts.org.

Autumnal Equinox Sunrise Program Recreation.gov Book Now
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 TBD am to TBD am. Sunrise is at approximately TBD am. A booking fee applies to each ticket purchased online or through the call center. Making a reservation through the call center or website is the only way to guarantee a spot on this tour. Most programs are at full capacity prior to the event but we will accommodate walk-ins if space is available. Booking fees do not apply to walk-ins.

End of Season
Tuesday, September 30 - Last day to enjoy guided tours offered through the Chimney Rock Interpretive Program. The Visitor Cabin 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.

Chimney Rock Interpretive Association Charity Event
October 11 - The theme is Rockin to the Chimneys - A Boots & Bling Event. That's Texas Talk for a Country Western Fun Time. More details to come.

Revised: 3/30/14
  (970)883-5359 Visitor Cabin In-season
  (970)731-7133 Leave Message Off-season