Throughout the millennia, mankind has looked to the skies for answers.
The first signs of sky watching among the Ancestral Puebloans are rocks that have scratches that corresponded with the lunar cycle.
The Night Sky Archaeoastronomy Program at Chimney Rock Archaeological Area is a great opportunity to learn about the naked-eye astronomy of the Ancestral Puebloans.
This entertaining, educational program will take place on Friday, Aug. 13. It includes a one-hour astronomy lecture at the cabin followed by 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, flashlights and coats. The gate will open at 5:45 p.m.; the opening program is scheduled from 6:45 to 7:45; with viewing from 8:15 to 9:45.
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, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, San Juan National Forest and the Pagosa Ranger District.
Visit our website for more information on our entire 2010 season at www.chimneyrockco.org.