This free, family-oriented festival is held at Chimney Rock's Visitor Center area. Step back in time as volunteers and artisans demonstrate ancient tools and crafts. Visitors may make a pot, throw an atlatl (a type of throwing spear), pound yucca leaves to release their fibers, carve their own petroglyph, grind corn with a mano and metate, watch a volunteer spin dog hair using a drop spindle, see an expert flint knapper create hand tools, and learn how Native Americans make flutes. The festival is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and includes Native American arts and crafts for sale. This special event does not require reservations and does not have a limit to number of people.
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.
Plan to spend two and a half hours for this guided tour as a trained volunteer tells the story of the people who lived at the Monument 1,000 years ago. The tour includes both the Pueblo Trail and the Great Kiva Trail. Guests will see a 44-foot diameter excavated great kiva. Also on this easy trail, there's an excavated pit house, a typical residence of the ancient ones and a sacred archeoastronomy site. The unimproved natural Pueblo Trail is a 1/2 mile round trip with a 200-foot elevation gain, topping out at 7,600-feet elevation. The Pueblo Trail features a multi-family dwelling and several unexcavated structures. At the top, Chimney Rock's Chacoan-style Great House Pueblo is spectacular against the backdrop of the San Juan Mountains.
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.
Observe the summer solstice amid the ancient ruins of Chimney Rock mesa. Attendees enter the National Monument in pre-dawn darkness and meet a volunteer program leader who will escort them to two special places on Chimney Rock mesa. First, an unexcavated ruin, now called the Sun Tower, offers a dramatic vantage point to watch the sun rise over a notch in the San Juan Mountains. A Stone Circle carved into the bedrock below the Great House Pueblo offers a second opportunity to see the sun rise again over the Great House Pueblo's north wall. The volunteer program leader describes several alignments at Chimney Rock and their possible importance to ancient residents.
This free program takes a particular topic and explores it in depth. Examples are the native foods eaten by the Ancestral Puebloans, their pottery, or their music and instruments. This is a kids-friendly, typically hands-on program limited to a small group; reservations are required. This does not replace our regular walking tours, but rather expands on the many topics covered on a tour. The program is suitable for those with limited time and people who cannot do the walking tour, especially older adults and young children, those with physical limitations, and those who work during the week. Walk-in visitors without reservations will be accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis, up to 25 people.
July 28, 2013
August 18, 2013
Sept. 15, 2013
Please note: Prices listed here do not include the $1.50 per ticket convenience fee.
Watch the sun rise over the San Juans this first day of autumn, and discuss how the ancients may have lived, and why they celebrated the equinoxes. This 2-3 hour event begins at the Sun Tower, a place not visited on our regular tours, and concludes at the Stone Basin providing two viewing locations.
Sept. 22, 2013
Prices: Adult: $15.00
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1.5 hour Walking Tour
1 hr. 30 min.
Feel like you are on top of the world as you make your way up the unimproved natural Pueblo trail towards the Great House Pueblo. The trail is 1/2 mile round trip with a 200-foot elevation gain, topping out at 7,600-feet elevation. This guided 1.5 hour tour features a Chacoan-style Great House Pueblo multi-family dwelling and several unexcavated structures as well as a spectacular 360 degree view of the San Juan Mountain range. This is a must see and perfect if you do not have time for our 2.5 hour guided tour.
Enjoy the best of what the Full Moon Program offers with three programs in one. The program begins with a guided tour of an excavated Great Kiva and Pit house. Your tour guide will go into great detail describing how the Ancient Puebloans lived at Chimney Rock 1,000 years ago. You will then make your way up to The Great House Pueblo on top of Chimney Rock Mesa where the Full Moon Program begins. After the three hour Full Moon Program ends, you will make your way down to the parking lot where telescopes will be set up for the full moon viewing. Tickets are limited for this popular combo-package so book early!
Join us for the full moon program that 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. When the sky is dark after select moonrise programs end, return to the upper parking lot to view the full moon through telescopes manned by volunteer astronomers. Volunteers light the trail down from the mesa top after the program. The program last approximately 5 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. There is a 200-foot elevation gain and trail is rocky and steep.
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.
Sept. 19, 2013
Prices: Adult: $20.00
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Self-Guided Walking Tour
Take as much time as you need on this self-guided tour while you stroll along the paved Great Kiva Trail and make your way toward a 44-foot diameter excavated great kiva and an excavated pit house, a typical residence of the ancient ones and a sacred archeoastronomy site. A Site Monitor will be available to answer questions about the story of the people who lived at the National Monument 1,000 years ago. This tour does not require reservations but you will still need to check-in at the visitors center.
Daily May to September
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