The Mystery of Chaco Canyon

Chimney Rock National Monument Tours

A Look into the Archaeoastronimical Connection between Chaco Culture National Historical Park

and Chimney Rock National Monument

Inviting you to a unique perspective in a unique place to feel the special connection between these two ancestral Puebloan sites. 1000 years ago the skies threaded these people together. Why? It is a question that after years of study remains a question, but also one that invites answers. This award winning film, The Mystery of Chaco Canyon, by Anna Sofaer reveals the brilliant astronomy of the ancient Puebloans – how the buildings were located and oriented to the sun and moon to highlight these complex relationships.  

Dr Erica Ellingson, Professor at University of Colorado, Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, is a very special guest speaker. Her conversation about the connections between Chaco and Chimney Rock will be the springboard for our understanding of the ancients’ dependence upon the skies. So simple. So complex. An enigma even today. 

Saturday, September 16 at the Amphitheater. Gate opens at 6:00 pm. Dr Ellingson to speak at 6:30 pm. The Mystery of Chaco Canyon (56 minutes) to be shown after lecture.

Fee: $15 for 13 and up. $8 for 6 to 12. Free for 5 and under. 

Light refreshments available. Gift Shop open. 

Note: for a more comfortable viewing experience --- bring a cushion/blanket to line your amphitheater seat.  Bringing a flashlight is suggested.

Tickets are considered a non-refundable donation. A booking fee applies to each ticket purchased online or through the call center. Making a reservation through the call center or website is the only way to guarantee a spot for this program. Most programs are at full capacity prior to the event but we will accommodate walk-ins if space is available. Booking fees do not apply to walk-ins. For details, please call the Visitor Cabin (970-883-2496) 9:00 - 4:00 Mountain Time. Reservations strongly recommended. Limited space. Walk-ins are welcome.   

Program Dates: 

Saturday, September 16, 2023. Gate opens at 6:00 p.m. Program begins at 6:30 p.m.

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