Life at Chimney Rock: A festival of crafts and culture

By Nadia Werby
Special to The SUN

Chimney Rock Interpretive Association invites you to the Life at Chimney Rock Festival at Chimney Rock National Monument on Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

A major festival attraction is an invitational Native American Arts and Crafts Market including Native American tacos and frybread.

Family activities and interactive demonstrations of the skills of the ancients will include pottery making, rock art, yucca pounding, corn grounding, fiber spinning, a night sky demonstration and throwing the hunting spear, known as an atlatl.

Bring the whole family; entry to the festival is free.

Chimney Rock National Monument is located 17 miles west of Pagosa on U.S. 160, then three miles south on Colo. 151.

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 ages under 5).

For more information, call 883-5359 (from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) or visit the website at

Life at Chimney Rock is sponsored by Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the San Juan National Forest.

This story was posted on June 20, 2013.