|Calendar - 2013
These programs are sponsored by Chimney Rock Interpretive Assn., Inc. in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, Pagosa Ranger District. To purchase tickets or learn current details on all listed programs and possible additions, call 970-883-5359 between 9:00am and 4:30pm daily from May 15 to September 30 or 970-731-7133 from October 1 to May 14.|
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Monthly potluck, every second Thursday, featuring speaker and good company is open to the public - please join us. CRIA will provide coffee and water. Anyone who wants to help with set up just c'mon by around 5:30pm - if anyone can stay and help clean and put away the tables, it is much appreciated.
Jan. 10, Feb. 14, Mar. 14, Apr. 11, May 9, (Instead of a June potluck, the dinner/dance benefit is June 14) July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12
Volunteer Training Days
April 19 & 20. Two full days (8 am-4:30 pm) of free training workshops to educate and train volunteers to assist in the operation of the Chimney Rock National Monument. Training will take place at the PLPOA Vista Club House at 230 Port Ave. Training includes a full slate of speakers. Lunch is provided both days. Registration required by Friday, April 12th. Call 970-731-7133 Mon, Wed & Fri., from 9 am to 1 pm or leave a message. Join the team!
April 19 - Introductory Site Tour for New Volunteers: Afternoon. Meet at the site gate.
Wednesday, May 15. CRIA officially opens its 2013 program season at Chimney Rock National Monument. Come experience a unique part of America's heritage in the shadows of Chimney Rock's awe-inspiring twin spires. Visit this Ancient Puebloan cultural site located 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs and 3 miles south on Highway 151. The site is accessible for guided walking tours (2.5 hours) at 9:30am, 10:30am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm. Adults/$12; Children 5-16/$5; Under 5/Free. Ticket purchase is considered a donation and is non-refundable.
Chimney Rock Interpretive Association Benefit
Friday, June 14. Save the Date so you can join us to celebrate Chimney Rock, America's newest National Monument. This dinner dance fundraiser is hosted by the Chimney Rock Interpretive Assn. The festivities will be at PLPOA's Vista Clubhouse at 230 Port Avenue in Pagosa Springs, CO. The event begins at 6:00 pm for dinner prepared and served by Chimney Rock's amazing volunteers. There will be music throughout the evening and dancing to 60s and 70s music until 10:00 pm. Also enjoy a cash bar, silent auction, and lots of door prizes. Tickets are $35 each.
Visions of Chimney Rock
This free program consists of educational talks that focus on Chimney Rock National Monument. Participants will also enjoy Native American flute melodies by Charles Martinez. Come join us the third Sunday of the month, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The program will be held in the upper parking area and will provide an experience for those who choose not to do the hiking tour or for anyone who wants to learn more about Chimney Rock. Guests for this event will arrive at 4:30 pm, drive to the upper parking area, which is paved and has restrooms. There is some seating available, but guests will also be able to bring chairs. The program will end by 6:30 pm. Because space is limited to 25, reservations are required.
June 16, July 28, Aug 18, Sept 15
Full Moon Programs
Watch the full moon rise at the Great House Pueblo site, learn about the Ancestral Puebloans, archaeoastronomy theories, area geology, and enjoy Native American flute melodies by Charles Martinez. This moon rise will not occur between the twin spires. Not recommended for children under the age of 12. Allow approximately 3 hrs for the entire program. Tickets are $15. Add $5 for an early tour of the Great Kiva Trail. Ticket purchase is considered a donation and is non-refundable. Bring flashlights, water (also for sale at the Visitor Center), cushions, and blankets or coats. Reservations are required.
May 25 - The HWY 151 gate will close at 7:15pm. Program begins at 8:00pm. Great Kiva tour starts at 6:00 pm.
June 22 - The HWY 151 gate will close at 6:00pm. Program begins at 6:45pm. Great Kiva tour starts at 4:45pm.
July 22 - The HWY 151 gate will close at 6:30pm. Program begins at 7:15pm. Great Kiva tour starts at 5:15pm.
August 20 - The HWY 151 gate will close at 5:45pm. Program begins at 6:30pm. Great Kiva tour starts at 4:30pm.
September 19 - The HWY 151 gate will close at 5:30pm. Program begins at 6:15pm. Great Kiva tour starts at 4:15pm.
Moon Viewing Programs
The Moon Viewing Program is an excellent opportunity for guests who attend the Full Moon Program to view the surface of the moon with our wonderful telescopes. Cost for this program is only an additional $5.00. An informative lecture will be given followed by the moon viewing. The Moon Viewing Program will take place following the Full Moon Program on these dates: June 22, July 22, August 20
Local Appreciation Days
May 24 through 27th - Memorial Day Weekend is Local Appreciation Days at Chimney Rock National Monument. CRIA invites area residents to visit Chimney Rock to enjoy half-priced guided tours all weekend long. The guided walking tours of this ancient cultural site, where the Ancestral Puebloan people lived a thousand years ago, are 2.5 hours. Tour start times are at 9:30am, 10:30am, 1:00pm, and 2:00pm. The discounted prices are Adults/$6; Children 5-16/$2.50; Under 5/always free.
Night Sky Archaeoastronomy Programs
Chimney Rock's entertaining yet educational Night-Sky Archaeoastronomy Program includes a one-hour astronomy demonstration at the Visitor Center. Guests will learn about naked-eye astronomy of the Ancestral Puebloans and the solar system and universe. Then participants will drive to the upper mesa for approximately 1.5 hours of night-sky viewing through telescopes. Participants are advised to bring binoculars, water (also for sale at the Visitor Center), flashlights, and coats. The upper parking area is paved and wheelchair accessible, with restroom facilities. Reservations are required. Tickets are $15/adults and $7.50 for children 5-16 years of age. Ticket purchase is considered a donation and is non-refundable.
June 7 - The HWY 151 gate will close at 7:15pm; the opening program is scheduled from 7:30pm to 8:30pm; with viewing from 9:00pm to 10:45pm.
July 5 - The HWY 151 gate will close at 7:15pm; the opening program is scheduled from 7:30pm to 8:30pm; with viewing from 9:00pm to 11:00pm.
August 9 - The HWY 151 gate will close at 6:45pm; the opening program is scheduled from 7:00pm to 8:00pm; with viewing from 8:30pm to 10:15pm.
September 6 - The HWY 151 gate will close at 6:15pm; the opening program is scheduled from 6:30pm to 7:30pm; with viewing from 8:00pm to 9:30pm.
Summer Solstice Sunrise Program
June 21 - Watch the sun rise over the San Juans this first day of summer and discuss how the ancients may have lived and why they celebrated the solstice. Summer solstice is the longest day of the year with sunrise occurring the farthest north on the horizon of the entire year. This unique 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. Tickets are $15 and reservations are required. Ticket purchase is considered a donation and is non-refundable. The HWY 151 gate will be open from 5:00am-5:05am. Sunrise is at approximately 5:48am.
Life at Chimney Rock Festival
June 29 & 30 - Interactive demonstrations of crafts and skills of ancestral Puebloan culture and regional Native American cultures. Free demonstrations from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm include use of the Atlatl, basket-making, flint knapping, flute making & playing, grinding grain, pottery making, fiber spinning, and yucca pounding to make rope. Shop the Indian market. The Festival is free to the public and will be held at the Visitor Center parking area. Guided and self-guided tours of the site will be offered for a fee. No reservations required.
Native American Cultural Gathering
July 13 & 14 - (Dates subject to change-please visit our website at www.chimneyrockco.org for updates.) Traditional singers, storytellers, and dancers from various Pueblos & Tribes. Traditional Puebloan Social Dances in the Great Kiva at 10:30 am and 3:30 pm. No reservations required. Entry fee; Native American arts & crafts & Native frybread. There are no guided tours of the archaeological site during the Gathering days. Sponsored by Southwest Native Cultures (contact Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jaime Carpio at email@example.com) in cooperation with Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, Inc., and the USDA Forest Service, San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District. Special thanks to the Southern Ute Cultural Department's Youth Camp and Pagosa Lodge.
Puebloan Pottery Workshop
August 2-4 - Noted Potter Gregory Wood (website at http://www.ancientarts.org) leads participants to replicate Pueblo III Mesa Verde black-on-white, organically painted pottery. Participants will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of craftsmanship, design, and prehistoric technology required to create and fire pottery as the Ancestral Puebloans did. Learn to hand form, burnish, decorate, and trench kiln fire using only prehistoric methods. Prepaid advance reservations required, limited enrollment. The 3-day workshop takes place at Chimney Rock National Monument. Early reservations help us ensure this class will happen. For reservation information contact the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Autumnal Equinox Sunrise Program
September 22 - 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. Tickets are $15 and reservations are required. Ticket purchase is considered a donation and is non-refundable. The HWY 151 gate will be open from 6:00am to 6:05am. Sunrise is at approximately 6:56am.
End of Season
September 30 - Last day to enjoy guided tours offered through the Chimney Rock Interpretive program. The Visitor Center at the Chimney Rock National Monument officially closes today. Thank you for another great season - see you again next year! Post season tours by reservation only. Call 970-731-7133.
Last Updated: 5/7/13