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Watch the sun rise at Chimney Rock National Monument! With a 360-degree vantage point and the hush of early morning in the wilderness, the sunrise from the Great House is a marvelous experience for the eyes and the spirit, and an amazing opportunity for photography.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Following the sunrise photo session (time is allowed for setting up tripods, etc.), depart the Great House on your own or join your guide for an interpreted hike with fascinating information about the importance this location is thought to have had for the people who lived here a thousand years ago.  Bring a flashlight/headlamp as well as a light jacket and your camera.  The hike up to the Great House occurs in the half-light and coolness of pre-dawn. The ¼-mile trail is rough, steep and rocky in places, and has sheer drop-offs alongside, so we encourage you to pack your equipment on your back.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

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 $20.00 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.

2019 Program Dates:

  • Friday, June 21: Arrive for check-in 4:20am-4:50am (entry gate will be locked at 5:00am). Sunrise is at approximately 5:50am.
  • Monday, September 23: Arrive for check-in 5:30am-6:00am (entry gate will be locked at 5:30am). Sunrise is at approximately 7:00am.

BOOK NOW

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.