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Full Moon Program Aug. 5 at Chimney Rock

Watch the Full Moon rise at the ancient surroundings of Chimney Rock Monday, Aug. 5, while listening to soothing Native American flute melodies played by Charles Martinez.

While awaiting the moon’s arrival near the Great House Pueblo site, visitors will learn about the Ancestral Puebloans, the archaeological relationship of Chimney Rock to Chaco Canyon, and archaeo-astronomy theories.

Chimney Rock Archeological Area is located 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs, three miles south of U.S. 160 on Colo. 151. Tickets are $15 for this two-hour program designed for folks 12 years and older. The gates will be open from 6-6:30 p.m. The program begins at 7, and the moon will rise at approximately 8.

Call 883-5359 for reservations (required).

As an added feature to the Full Moon Program, the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association offers an optional guided “early tour” of the lower area (Great Kiva Trail Loop) at 5 p.m. for an additional $5. Cancel date is Aug. 3.

Participants are advised to come prepared with binoculars, water (also for sale at the cabin), flashlights, coats and/or blankets. The Full Moon Program is sponsored by The Chimney Rock Interpretive Association in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.chimneyrockco.org.