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Chimney Rock Interpretive Association invites you to our yearly Life at Chimney Rock Festival held at Chimney Rock National Monument on Saturday and Sunday, June 1st and 2nd, from 10:00am to 4:00 pm each day. This year the Forest Service has announced that the entire event will be a Fee Free festival.  Family activities and interactive demonstrations of the skills of the Ancients will be led by CRIA volunteers and will include pounding yucca, making coil pottery, creating rock art, weaving, corn grinding, and throwing a spear with an atlatl. Visitors can learn about astronomy and dendrochronology, try tasting a sample of Anasazi beans and get a close-up view of a peregrine falcon. Food vendors will have a variety of lunch items and drinks for sale including fry bread and frito pie.

Artists at this year’s Native American Market will be selling pottery, jewelry, paintings, wood carvings, andother art. Vendors are from the Pueblos of Acoma, Laguna, Santo Domingo, and Santa Clara as well as the Navajo, Jicarilla Apache, and Southern Ute Nations. Some will be demonstrating their crafts, and all are willing to share their knowledge and skills with visitors. Dance groups will be performing twice daily in the amphitheater.

Two Native American dance groups, the Oak Canyon Dancers from Jemez Pueblo and  the Roach Family Dancers, will be performing at this years’ Festival in the amphitheater.  The Oak Canyon Dancers will perform at 2PM on Saturday and 11 PM on Sunday.   The Roach Family Dancers will perform at 2 PM on Sunday.

Because the Forest Service has waived the daily activity fee on June 1st and 2nd in honor of Life at Chimney Rock, the entrance to the festival is Free! Visitors to the Monument will have access to the festival and all the regular amenities at the site. These include self-guided tours of the cultural sites, access to the nature trail, and Visitor Plaza. The Monument is open from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

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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.