SUMMER SOLSTICE SUNRISE TOURS
Welcome summer and fall at Chimney Rock National Monument! Experience the sunrise from the Chacoan Great House and learn why these events were important to the ancient ones. 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.
There is a 3-mile drive to the trailhead and a 30/45-minute uphill hike to the Great House Pueblo in predawn darkness (trail is rocky and steep in places). This requires very good flashlights and appropriate dress. Sunrise is at 7:00 AM; the return hike down the trail is in daylight. Following the sunrise, 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.
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 $16.00/adult and $8/child (ages 5-12) 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. 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.
Sunrise Tour Dates
SUMMER SOLSTICE SUNRISE TOUR: June 20, 21, 22
- Check in: 4:30 -4:45 AM
- Program: 4:45 – 6:45 AM
FALL EQUINOX SUNRISE TOUR: September 23
- Check in: 5:15 -5:30 AM
- Program: 5:30 – 7:30 AM