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CHIMNEY ROCK NATIONAL MONUMENT, CO

Early Tour & Full Moon Package

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Tour Description

This program begins at the upper parking lot with a one-hour guided tour on the one-third-mile paved Great Kiva Trail loop. The beautiful mountain views on this easy trail will lead you to a 44-foot diameter excavated great kiva, probably a community gathering place for those who lived at the site 1,000 years ago. Also on this easy trail, there's an excavated pit house, a typical home of the ancient Puebloans. Volunteers will then light the trail to the mesa top for a full moon program before the twin spires. 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. This trail starts at the upper parking lot and ends at the Great House Pueblo where the full moon program begins. It is unimproved and includes a steep, rocky section. The early tour and full moon package run approximately four hours. Tickets are non-refundable.

Program Dates:
Wed, May 14
Thurs, June 12
Sat, July 12
Sun, Aug, 10
Mon, Sept. 8
Wed, Oct. 8

Early Tour

Tour Description

If you've never been to Chimney Rock National Monument, take this opportunity to learn more about the people who lived in this wondrous site 1,000 years ago. You'll walk the one-third-mile Great Kiva Trail with a tour guide, and then climb the Pueblo Trail in time for the full moon program. Guests will see a 44-foot diameter excavated great kiva on this early tour. Also on this easy trail, there's an excavated pit house, a typical residence of the ancient ones. This is a $5 add-on to the $15 full moon program and tickets are non-refundable, rain or shine.


Tour Details

  • Duration: 1 hr. 00 min.
  • Distance: .5 miles
  • Accessible: No
  • Effort: Moderate

Accessibility

None


Amenities

Flute player and restrooms

Full Moon

Tour Description

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.

Program Dates:
Wed, May 14
Thurs, June 12
Sat, July 12
Sun, Aug, 10
Mon, Sept. 8
Wed, Oct. 8


Tour Details

  • Duration: 3 hr. 00 min.
  • Distance: 0.5 miles
  • Number of Steps: 20
  • Accessible: No
  • Effort: Moderate

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. This is an adult program and not suitable for children under 12 years of age.
  • 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.
  • If you have an issue with heights and or physical exertion you may find the trail to the Great House Pueblo challenging.
  • 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

None


Amenities

Flute player and speaker


Directions

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.
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