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Night Sky Program at Chimney Rock tomorrow

The entertaining and educational Night Sky program at Chimney Rock Archaeological Area on Friday, July 9, will include a one-hour astronomy lecture at the cabin, and will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the visible celestial objects.

Following a lecture on naked-eye astronomy of the Ancestral Puebloans, and the solar system and universe, participants will drive to the upper parking lot of the Chimney Rock Archaeological Area for approximately 1.5 hours of night-sky viewing. Telescopes will be available to assist with viewing.

Participants are advised to come prepared with binoculars, water (also for sale at the cabin), flashlights and coats.

The gate will open at 6:15 p.m.; the opening program is scheduled from 7:15 to 8:15; with viewing from 8:45 to 10:15.

The upper parking area is paved and wheelchair accessible, with restroom facilities. Reservations are suggested, as space is limited. Tickets can also be purchased at the Visitor Cabin prior to the program: $10 for adults and $5 for children 11 years and younger. For reservations, call the visitor cabin at 883-5359, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Sponsored by Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, Inc., in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District. Visit our website at www.chimneyrockco.org.