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A coast-to-coast total eclipse of the sun will pass through neighboring Wyoming during the morning of August 21. All accounts of a total eclipse say it is an amazing experience. During an eclipse the moon blocks the sun, leaving just a corona of light, and considerably darkening the sky. Often the wind changes direction, and nocturnal animals emerge.

In Pagosa Springs you will experience a partial eclipse of the sun. During a partial eclipse, the moon passes in front of the sun, leaving the sun partially exposed.  Seen from Pagosa Springs, the sun should be about 80%, but not totally, covered by the moon. Given the proximity to the total eclipse path, the moon should block much of the sun for a brief time. While not as majestic as the total eclipse, it will still be a wonderful sight to see. Some of the effects of a total eclipse should occur here.

Please join us on August 21. This program will include explanations of the eclipse by an CRIA Tour Guides, insights into eclipses historically and through the eyes of Native Americans, and the marvelous Native American flute playing of Charles Martinez. After checking in at the Visitor Cabin and receiving eclipse glasses for safe viewing of the eclipse, we will drive up to the High Mesa and gather at the Great House where the ancient Americans were carefully watching the sun in 1097 when a solar eclipse occurred. What they thought of the event we can only imagine, but given the importance of the heavens to these people, we can assume that it was considered of utmost importance. Tickets are $12.00 ($5.00 for children 5-12) plus booking fee, and are non-refundable. 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 – 4:30 Mountain Time. Reservations strongly recommended. Limited space. Walk-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Arrive for check-in & drive-plus-hike to program location 9:00-9:15am.  Program begins at 9:45am.  Prices: Adults $12.00, children (5-12) $5.00


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.