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New: Group rates are now available for the following Chimney Rock National Monument tours: 2 Hour Walking Tour, Night Sky Program, Full Moon Program, Early Tour and Full Moon Package, Moon Viewing Plus, Summer Solstice, Autumnal Equinox. There is a minimum purchase of five tickets per tour time.


CHIMNEY ROCK NATIONAL MONUMENT, CO

part ofSAN JUAN NF - FS, US Forest Service
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Early Tour & Full Moon Package
Combo Tour Moderate
Photo: Early Tour & Full Moon Package
Full Moon
Historic Tour 3 hr. 00 min.
Moderate
Early Tour
Historic Tour 1 hr. 00 min.
Moderate
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:

Tuesday June 2, 2015:
HWY Gate opens: 4:45 pm. Early tour Kiva Trail starts at 5:45pm. Full Moon Program begins at 7:45pm.
Wednesday July 1, 2015:
HWY Gate opens: 5:30 pm. Early tour Kiva Trail starts at 5:30pm Full Moon Program begins at 7:30pm.
Friday July 31, 2015:
HWY Gate opens: 5:00 pm. Early tour Kiva Trail starts at 5:45pm. Full Moon Program begins at 7:30pm.
Saturday August 29, 2015:
HWY Gate opens: 4:30pm. Early tour Kiva Trail starts at 5:00pm. Full Moon Program begins at 7:00pm.
Sunday September 27, 2015:
HWY Gate opens: 4:00 pm. Early tour of Kiva Trail starts at 4:15pm Full Moon Program begins at 6:15pm.

Prices: Adult: $20.00

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Sold at Park 2 hour Walking Tour
Historic Tour 2 hr. 30 min.
Moderate
Accessible
Photo: 2.5 hour Walking Tour
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.

Tour Dates:
Daily May to September

Active military discounts available, please inquire at the site.
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Full Moon
Historic Tour 3 hr. 00 min.
Moderate
Photo: Full Moon
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 8 years old. Tickets are $15 plus a booking fee and are non-refundable.

Program Dates:

Tuesday June 2, 2015:
The HWY 151 gate will open at 6:45pm close at 7:15pm. Program begins at 7:45.

Wednesday July 1, 2015:
The HWY 151 gate will open at 6:30pm close at 7:00pm. Program begins at 7:30pm.

Friday July 31, 2015:
The HWY 151 gate will open at 6:30pm close at 7:00pm. Program begins at 7:30pm.

Saturday August 29, 2015:
The HWY 151 gate will open at 6:00pm close at 6:30pm. Program begins at 7:00pm.

Sunday September 27, 2015:
The HWY 151 gate will open at 5:15pm close at 5:45pm. Program begins at 6:15pm.

Prices: Adult: $15.00

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Night Sky Program
Historic Tour 3 hr. 30 min.
Easy
Accessible
Photo: Night Sky Program
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 viewing time. This program is perfect for young families and those with limited mobility.

Program Dates:

Friday May 15, 2015: The HWY 151 gate will close at 7:00pm; the opening program is scheduled from 7:15pm to 8:15pm; with viewing from 8:45pm to 10:30pm.

Friday June 12, 2015: The HWY 151 gate will open at 7:00pm and close at 7:15pm; the opening program is scheduled from 7:30pm to 8:30pm; with viewing from 9:00pm to 11:00pm.

Friday July 17, 2015: The HWY 151 gate will open at 7:00 and close at 7:15pm; the opening program is scheduled from 7:30pm to 8:30pm; with viewing from 9:00pm to 10:45pm.

Friday Aug. 14, 2015: The HWY 151 gate will open at 6:30pm close at 6:45pm; the opening program is scheduled from 7:00pm to 8:00pm; with viewing from 8:30pm to 10:15pm.

Friday Sept.11, 2015: The HWY 151 gate will open at 5:45pm and close at 6:00pm; the opening program is scheduled from 6:15pm to 7:15pm; with viewing from 7:45pm to 9:30pm.

Prices: Adult: $10.00, Child (5-16): $5.00

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Summer Solstice
Historic Tour 2 hr. 00 min.
Easy
Photo: Summer Solstice
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.

Program Date:

Sunday June 21, 2015:
HWY gate entry is open from 5:00am-5:05am. Sunrise is at approximately 5:48am.

Prices: Adult: $15.00

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Autumnal Equinox
Historic Tour 2 hr. 00 min.
Easy
Photo: Autumnal Equinox
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.

Program Date:
Wednesday Sept. 23, 2015:
The HWY 151 gate will be open from 6:00am to 6:05am. Sunrise is at approximately 6:56am.

Prices: Adult: $15.00

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Sold at Park Life at Chimney Rock
Historic Tour 6 hr. 00 min.
Easy
Accessible
Photo: Life at Chimney Rock
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.

Tour Dates:
Saturday July 25, 2015
Sunday July 26, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Online availability Tour Type Duration Effort Photo
Sold at Park Self-Guided Walking Tour
Historic Tour Easy
Accessible
Photo: 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.

Tour Dates:
Daily May to September
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Moon Viewing Plus
Historic Tour 2 hr. 00 min.
Easy
Photo: Moon Viewing Plus
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.

Tour Dates:

Friday May29: The Hwy gate will open at 7:00pm and closes at 7:15pm; the opening program is scheduled from 7:30-8:30; with viewing from 9:00pm-10:45pm.

Friday June 26: The Hwy gate will open at 7:00pm and closes at 7:15pm; the opening program is scheduled from 7:30-8:30; with viewing from 9:00pm-11:00pm.

Friday July 24: The Hwy gate will open at 6:45pm and closes at and closes at 7:00pm; the opening program is scheduled from 7:15-8:15; with viewing from 8:45pm-10:45pm.

Friday Aug 21: The Hwy gate will open at 6:15pm and closes at 6:30pm; the opening program is scheduled from 6:45-7:45; with viewing from 8:15pm-10:00pm.

Friday Sept 18: The Hwy gate will open at 5:45pm and closes at 6:00pm; the opening program is scheduled from 6:15pm-7:15; with viewing from 7:45pm-9:15pm.

Prices: Adult: $10.00, Child (5-16): $5.00

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