Stars and Galaxies Program: Friday, September 22nd.

The Stars & Galaxies program is timed for when the moon is absent from the sky and the Our Solar System program is timed for when the moon is present in the sky, but not fully illuminated. For both programs, the evening begins with an interactive discussion at the Visitor Cabin. After the presentation, visitors drive to the High Mesa parking lot where volunteer astronomers await with telescopes to provide a closer look at the wonders of the night sky. These programs are perfect for young families and those with limited mobility.  Tickets are $12.00 (adults) and $5.00 (children 5-12) plus booking fee, and are non-refundable.  Please check our website for times and to make a reservation.

Autumnal Equinox Sunrise Program: Friday, September 22nd

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. Tickets are $15 and reservations are required. The HWY 151 gate will be open from 6:00am to 6:05am. Sunrise is at approximately 6:56 am.

Chimney Rock National Monument is located 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs and 3 miles south on Highway 151. The site is also accessible for guided walking tours at 9:30 am, 11:00 am, and 1:00pm. Audio-Guided Kiva Trail tours are available between 10:30 am and 3:00 pm. The cost of the tour is $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, and under 5 is free. For monthly program tickets, please visit or call 1-877-444-6777. A booking fee applies to each ticket purchased online or through the call center. Purchasing your tickets in advance is the only way to guarantee a spot for the monthly and annual programs. Most programs are at full capacity prior to the event but we will accommodate walk-ins if space is available.


CRIA is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that runs the daily operations and interpretive program at Chimney Rock National Monument under a Participating Agreement with the USDA Forest Service/San Juan National Forest.