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Life at Chimney Rock: A festival of crafts and culture, July 26-27

By Nadia Werby
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Dottie George Visitors of last year’s Life at Chimney Rock Festival try their hands at pounding yucca fiber that can be used to make rope, sandals and mats.

Photo courtesy Dottie George
Visitors of last year’s Life at Chimney Rock Festival try their hands at pounding yucca fiber that can be used to make rope, sandals and mats.

This weekend Chimney Rock National Monument will come alive with the annual Life at Chimney Rock Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Step back in time as volunteers and artisans demonstrate ancient tools and crafts. Visitors will have the opportunity to try their hand at the atlatl, an ancient spear-throwing device used for hunting; grinding corn with a mano and metate; pounding yucca to make rope, netting and sandals; and creating their own pictograph and petroglyph. Visitors can also watch volunteers spin dog hair into fiber, as well as learn the arts of basket weaving, pottery and flute making.

This free, family oriented festival is held at Chimney Rock’s visitor cabin area. Reservations are not required. Guided tours of the site, including the Chacoan Great House Pueblo atop the mesa, will be available for $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-16 (free for children under 5).

Chimney Rock National Monument is located 17 miles west of Pagosa on U.S. 160, then 3 miles south on Colo. 151. For more information, visit our website at www.chimneyrockco.org.

Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) is a nonprofit organization that runs the daily operations and interpretive program at Chimney Rock National Monument in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the San Juan National Forest.

This story was posted on July 25, 2014.