CHIMNEY ROCK NATIONAL MONUMENT, CO
Full MoonHistoric Tour
3 hr. 00 min.
For September 8, 2014 only, the tour start times have changed.
Early Tour: arrival/start time = 4:30 p.m.
Full Moon Program: arrival/start time = 5:45 p.m.
The full moon program occurs against the backdrop of the Great House Pueblo at the top of Chimney Rock Mesa. The nearly 360 degree view of the mountain-studded horizon provides the dramatic celestial observatory valued so highly by the Ancient Puebloans. A speaker tells the story of the people and their likely relationship with the moon, sun, and stars. Watch the full moon rise over the eastern mountain peaks to the music of a Native American flute. You'll be torn between looking west to see the spectacular sunset and focusing on the eastern mountain range to see the first sliver of moon. Volunteers light the trail down from the mesa top after the program. The program last approximately four hours including check-in, driving to the mesa top, and walking to the site. The hike to the Great House Pueblo is short but moderately strenuous and not appropriate for those with mobility impairment or children under 12 years old. Tickets are $15 plus a booking fee and are non-refundable.
Know Before You Go
Flute player and speaker
From Pagosa Springs, Colorado: Drive 16 miles west on Hwy 160 from Pagosa Springs to the Hwy 151 turnoff to Chimney Rock National Monument. Turn left onto Hwy 151 and drive 3 miles south to the entrance of Chimney Rock National Monument. Turn right and drive through the entrance gate 1/2 mile to the Visitor Center.
From Durango, Colorado: Drive 44 miles east on Hwy 160 from Durango to the Hwy 151 turnoff to Chimney Rock National Monument. Turn right onto Hwy 151 and drive 3 miles south to the entrance of Chimney Rock National Monument. Turn right and drive through the entrance gate 1/2 mile to the Visitor Center.Note: The entrance gate is open 9:00am to 4:30pm daily in-season May 15 to September 30.
Note: Some Tours may be available only from the Tour Park on a first-come-first-served basis. Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the Tour Park.