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CHIMNEY ROCK NATIONAL MONUMENT, CO
Moon Viewing PlusHistoric Tour
2 hr. 00 min.
Your evening begins with a one hour interactive discussion at the Visitor Cabin on the archaeoastronomy of Chimney Rock and a preview of what guests may expect to see with telescopes. Topics range from astronomy, what the full moon meant to the Ancient People, and how a telescope helps us see stars. As darkness descends, guests drive to the High Mesa parking lot where volunteer astronomers await with telescopes to provide a closer look at the full moon. Focus will shift to deeper-sky objects plus any man-made objects that come into view. This program is perfect for young families and those with limited mobility.
Know Before You Go
No late arrivals, entry gate closes 15 minutes after tour time. Dress for outdoor weather and wind, insects, cool temperatures, etc. Visitors should check in at the Visitor Center located one-half mile inside the entrance gate. Each person attending should have water and a flashlight. 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 US Forest Service by the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, a not-for-profit, volunteer organization. Fees are for tours and programs and not an entry fee. 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.
Restrooms, telescopes for sky viewing in parking area.
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.
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.