Our Solar System

Chimney Rock National Monument Tours

Our Solar System Program is offered on a Friday each month which affords the best viewing of the moon’s surface using a telescope. Although the focus will be on the moon and its diverse qualities, other night sky objects will be identified and studied. A video presentation, “Tour of the Night Sky”, will be shown to help identify constellations, bright stars, and other objects of interest; to be followed by a lecture explaining the significance of the night sky to the Ancestral Puebloans. This special sky opportunity affords an exclusive view of heavenly bodies from a place where the Ancestral Puebloans lived, observed, and studied the celestial skies daily over 1,000 years ago.

At this altitude, nights begin to cool rapidly after sunset, so an appropriate jacket and other gear will enable you to remain comfortable. Also suggested are lawn chairs; a regular flashlight, a flashlight with a red lens (available for $4); and blankets, pillows, cushions. Note: The program will be adjusted according to current weather conditions and take place as scheduled.

Check-in is at the Highway 151 entrance gate at the time stated below for each individual Friday program. Please adhere to the check-in timeline. The gate will be promptly locked at the end of that time. Tickets are $20.00 for ages 13 and up, $10.00 for ages 5-12, and under 5 are free. Making a reservation through the Recreation.gov website or the call center (877-444-6777) is the only way to guarantee a spot for this program. Recreation.gov charges a $1.00 reservation fee that is non-refundable. Reservations will be cut off 12 hours prior to the start of the program. Walk-ins will be accommodated if space is available and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, and must arrive during the specified check-in time frame. Those tickets can be purchased directly at the Gift Shop. No refunds will be issued for no-shows.


Friday, June 14

Check-in: 7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Program: 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Friday, July 12

Check-in: 7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Program: 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Friday, August 9

Check-in: 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Program: 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday, September 6

Check-in: 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Program: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Friday, October 4

Check-in: 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Program: 6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Capacity: 60

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