Full Moon

Chimney Rock National Monument Tours

The Full Moon program takes place against the backdrop of the Great House Pueblo at the top of Chimney Rock Mesa. Beginning about an hour before moonrise, an informative lecture on topics specific to the Chimney Rock site (ancestral Puebloan culture, archaeoastronomy theories, area geology, etc.) is followed by the music of Charles Martinez’ Native American flute as the full moon rises. (This moonrise does not occur between the spires.) 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. 

The program lasts approximately three hours including check-in, driving to the mesa top (2.5 miles up a winding dirt road with 20-mph speed limit - allow 15 minutes each way), and hiking to the Great House Pueblo. The quarter-mile trail to the Great House Pueblo has a 200-foot gain in elevation and exposure to heights and steep drop-offs. Please keep in mind that the lecture before the moon rises is approximately 30 minutes in length, and the hike back down the high mesa occurs after dark. Parents are asked to closely supervise their children for the safety of all attendees. 

On May 15, the Full Moon program also includes viewing of the total lunar eclipse.

This program is recommended for ages 8 and up. 

Guests must enter through the Hwy 151 entry gate during the check-in period stated below; the gate will be locked at the end of that time. 

Tickets are $20.00 plus a booking fee and are non-refundable. In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather, rain checks will be available. For details, please call the Visitor Cabin (970-883-5359) 9:00 - 4:00 Mountain Time. Reservations strongly recommended. Limited space. Walk-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis.   

Program Dates/Times:  

Lunar eclipse: Sunday, May 15, 2022: Arrive for check-in and drive-plus-hike to program location 6:30pm - 7:00pm (entry gate will be locked at 7:00pm).

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