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CHIMNEY ROCK NATIONAL MONUMENT, CO

Night Sky Program

Historic Tour
2 hr. 00 min.
Accessible
Ticket Availability


  


Tour Description

Remote from city lights, enjoy the night sky in a truly dark environment. Your evening begins with a talk at the Visitor Center amphitheater. Topics range from what the ancient people noticed in the night sky to how a telescope helps us see stars and current topics in astronomy. As darkness descends, guests 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. Each telescope will focus on a different feature and the volunteer will change that focus periodically during the two-hour viewing time. This program is perfect for young families and those with limited mobility.

Program Dates:
May 23, 2014
June 20, 2014
July 18, 2014
Aug. 22, 2014
Sept. 19, 2014


Tour Details

  • Duration: 2 hr. 00 min.
  • Number of Steps: 0
  • Accessible: Yes
  • Effort: Easy

Know Before You Go

  • No late arrivals, entry gate closes 15 minutes after tour time.
  • Visitors should check in at the Visitor Center located one-half mile inside the entrance gate.
  • Dress for outdoor weather: wind, insects, cool temperatures, etc., should be considered.
  • Please wear sturdy walking shoes, sunblock, and hat.
  • Each person attending should have water and a flashlight.
  • Attendees may bring a cushion or blanket to sit on; no chairs are allowed.
  • For your own safety, stay for the entire program.
  • Please note: moon does not rise between the pinnacles.
  • Ancient structures are not visible from a vehicle.
  • During operating hours, all access to the archaeological sites is via tour/program operated under agreement with the Forest Service by the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, a not-for-profit, volunteer organization. Fees are for tours and programs. Fees are used to support the interpretive programs and maintain the site. All fees are non-refundable.
  • You are responsible for the safety of yourself and family. This is a high desert location: proper hydration and sun protection are vital to your comfort and safety. Bring water (or hydration liquid such as Gatorade). Drinking water throughout tours and programs is highly encouraged. Bottled water and Gatorade are available for purchase at the Visitor Center but there are no other potable water sources at the site.
  • Pit toilet-style restrooms are available at the Visitor Center and the upper parking lot.
  • Smoking and alcoholic beverages are not permitted anywhere in the National Monument.
  • Pets are not permitted on trails but there are some kennels available at the Visitor Center. It is not safe to leave pets in vehicles as parking areas provide little shade.
  • Except for water and Gatorade-type drinks, food and beverages are allowed only at the Visitor Center area or inside private vehicles.


Accessibility

Restrooms, telescopes for sky viewing in parking area.


Amenities

Restrooms


Directions

  • No late arrivals, entry gate closes 15 minutes after tour time.
  • Visitors should check in at the Visitor Center located one-half mile inside the entrance gate.
  • Dress for outdoor weather: wind, insects, cool temperatures, etc., should be considered.
  • Please wear sturdy walking shoes, sunblock, and hat.
  • Each person attending should have water and a flashlight.
  • Attendees may bring a cushion or blanket to sit on; no chairs are allowed.
  • For your own safety, stay for the entire program.
  • Please note: moon does not rise between the pinnacles.
  • Ancient structures are not visible from a vehicle.
  • During operating hours, all access to the archaeological sites is via tour/program operated under agreement with the Forest Service by the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, a not-for-profit, volunteer organization. Fees are for tours and programs. Fees are used to support the interpretive programs and maintain the site. All fees are non-refundable.
  • You are responsible for the safety of yourself and family. This is a high desert location: proper hydration and sun protection are vital to your comfort and safety. Bring water (or hydration liquid such as Gatorade). Drinking water throughout tours and programs is highly encouraged. Bottled water and Gatorade are available for purchase at the Visitor Center but there are no other potable water sources at the site.
  • Pit toilet-style restrooms are available at the Visitor Center and the upper parking lot.
  • Smoking and alcoholic beverages are not permitted anywhere in the National Monument.
  • Pets are not permitted on trails but there are some kennels available at the Visitor Center. It is not safe to leave pets in vehicles as parking areas provide little shade.
  • Except for water and Gatorade-type drinks, food and beverages are allowed only at the Visitor Center area or inside private vehicles.


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.
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