Autumnal Equinox Sunrise Program
September 22 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 am
Watch the sunrise from the ancient Great House Pueblo on top of the Chimney Rock Mesa at the Autumnal Equinox Sunrise Program. This is great photo opportunity while enjoying 360 degree views and watching the sunrise as the Puebloans did 1000 years ago. You will learn about the building of the Great House and its relationship to the sun and the moon. The tour also includes the Kiva Trail below the Great House which takes one to a significant Puebloan village. The Great Kiva, included on this Trail, may have marked the position of the sun at various dates. There is evidence that the view from Chimney Rock provided the Puebloans with a vantage point to follow the sun throughout the year.
You’ll want to bring a flashlight as well as a light jacket, since the hike up to the Great House occurs in the half-light and coolness of pre-dawn.Guests must enter the Hwy 151 entry gate during the check-in period below; the gate will be locked at the end of this time. These are reservations-only programs, not suitable for children under 8. The fee is $15.00 and is considered a non-refundable donation. 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.In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather, rain checks will be available. For details, please call the Visitor Cabin (970-883-5359) 9:00 to 4:00 Mountain Time. Reservations strongly recommended. Limited space. Walk-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018:
Arrive for check-in 5:00am to 5:30am (entry gate will be locked at 5:30am). Sunrise is at approximately 6:55am.
- Duration: 2 hr. 00 min.
- Distance: 0.5 miles
- Number of Steps: 0
- Accessible: No
- Effort: Easy
There’s more to learn at Chimney Rock National Monument beyond the daily tours. The interpretive program at Chimney Rock includes opportunities to see the site in a different light and to enjoy the different facets of the site. Ticket fees for special programs are considered a non-refundable donation. Programs often sell out. A booking fee applies to each ticket purchased online or through the call center. Making a reservation through the website or the call center 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.
You can book our monthly programs online or by calling 1-877-444-6777.