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Free Visions of Chimney Rock program

By Nadia Werby
Special to The SUN

Photo courtesy CRIA The moonrise, as seen through the spires at Chimney Rock National Monument. A special full moon program, with music, is planned at the site on Thursday, Sept. 19.

Photo courtesy CRIA
The moonrise, as seen through the spires at Chimney Rock National Monument. A special full moon program, with music, is planned at the site on Thursday, Sept. 19.

Chimney Rock Interpretive Association invites you to a free, family-friendly Vision of Chimney Rock program on Sunday, Sept. 15, at Chimney Rock National Monument.

This month’s topic will be, “What’s For Dinner at Chimney Rock.”

Dottie George, a CRIA volunteer, will discuss what the Ancient Puebloans ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and how they prepared their food.  Guests will be invited to participate and there will be nuts and napolitos for tasting.

This hands-on program is limited to a small group, so reservations are required.

The program is suitable for those with limited time and people who cannot do the walking tour, especially older adults and young children, those with physical limitations and those who work during the week. Guests for this event will need to arrive by 4:30 p.m. and 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.

Please reserve your spot by going to www.chimneyrockco.org or call (877) 444-6777. Reservations can be made online up to two hours before the event. Walk-ins will be accommodated when space is available.

Watch the full moon rise over the mountain peaks as you listen to Native American flute music played by Charles Martinez on Thursday. Sept. 19.

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 archaeoastronomy theories. The program lasts approximately four hours including check-in, driving to the mesa top and walking to the site. The hike to the Great House Pueblo is short but moderately strenuous and not appropriate for those with mobility impairment or children under 12 years old.

Tickets are $15 plus a booking fee and are non-refundable. Add $5 for an early tour of the lower area (Great Kiva Trail Loop), which starts at 4:15 p.m. All participants must be through the Colo. 151 gate by 5:30 and the program begins at 6:15. Bring flashlights, water (also for sale at the cabin), cushions and blankets or coats. For reservations, visit www.chimneyrockco.org or call (877) 444-6777. Reservations can be made online up to two hours before the event. Walk-ins will be accommodated when space is available.

Chimney Rock National Monument is located 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs on U.S. 160 and three miles south on Colo. 151. Turn right at the gate and follow the road one-half mile to the cabin registration area where the tours begin.

All programs are sponsored by Chimney Rock Interpretive Assn., Inc., in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the San Juan National Forest. Visit the website at www.chimneyrockco.org.

This story was posted on September 12, 2013.