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By Nadia Werby
Special to The SUN
Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) invites you to watch the full moon rise above the San Juan Mountains while listening to live Native American flute music by Charles Martinez on Saturday, July 12, at Chimney Rock National Monument.
Volunteers light the trail to the mesa top, where visitors will learn about the monument from a special full moon speaker and experience the view of the moon rising from the ridge where the Puebloan Great House is located.
A walking tour of the Great Kiva and Pit House are also offered. There is a $15 fee for attending and an additional $5 to add the early tour, which starts at 5:50 p.m. The Colo. 151 gate will open be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. All visitors must be through the gate by 7, as the gate will be closed after that time. The program starts at 8 p.m. and the moonrise is at 9 p.m.
The trail to the Great House Pueblo, where the Full Moon Program takes place, rises 200 feet in elevation over one-third mile (one way). The trail is unimproved and includes a steep, rocky section. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring a flashlight. Water is encouraged, but all other food and beverages are banned outside of your vehicle on the mesa top. This is a reservations-only program and is not suitable for children under 12.
Please visit www.chimneyrockco.org for reservations or call (877) 444-6777. Most programs at Chimney Rock are at full capacity prior to the event, but we will accommodate walk-ins if space is available.
Chimney Rock is located 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs and 3 miles south on Colo. 151.