Drive to Chimney Rock National Monument’s upper-mesa parking lot to designated areas for optimum viewing of the annual Perseids meteor showers — a family-friendly way to experience nature’s night-time wonders in serenity and silence. Bring a chair, cushion, or blanket to sit or lie down outside your car.  A coat is a good idea too, since the temperature can drop 20-30 degrees after sundown. Members of the local San Juan Stargazers astronomy club, as well as volunteers of Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, will be on hand to coordinate and enhance this event. 


Check-in is at the Highway 151 entrance gate at the time stated. Please adhere to the check-in timeline. The gate will be promptly locked at the end of that time.  Reservations will be cut off 12 hours prior to the start of the tour. Last-minute arrivals will be accommodated if space is available.  They will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, and must arrive during the specified check-in time frame.


One ticket will be issued per car. The ticket cost is $5.00 per car. Make a reservation through the website or the call center (877-444-6777). charges a $1.00 reservation fee that is non-refundable.  Tickets can be purchased directly from the guide with cash only. No refunds will be issued for no-shows.

Perseids Meteor Shower Dates:

  • Monday, August 12
  • Tuesday, August 13

    Check-in: 6:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Viewing: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

You can book our monthly programs online or by calling 1-877-444-6777.