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By Nadia Werby
Special to The SUN
Watch the full moon rise above the San Juan Mountains on Wednesday, May 14, at Chimney Rock National Monument. Visitors will hear Native American flute music by Charles Martinez, 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. All proceeds go to the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, a nonprofit organization that works with the staff of the San Juan National Forest to provide interpretive activities and public access to the national monument. Specific information and arrival times for the Full Moon Program are listed on the website at chimneyrockco.org.
Chimney Rock National Monument will open for guided and self-guided tours on Thursday, May 15. The guided tour involves hiking along the spectacular ridgetop to several pueblo archaeological sites dating from 950 to 1125 A.D. The cost of the tour is $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-16.
Please view the CRIA 2014 calendar of events for all of our special monthly programs and events, including the Full Moon Program, Moon Viewing Plus Program, Night Sky Archaeoastronomy Program, Summer Solstice Sunrise and Fall Equinox Sunrise Program, the free Visions of Chimney Rock Program and the Life at Chimney Rock Festival.
Include Chimney Rock in your plans this summer. Chimney Rock is located 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs and 3 miles south on Colo. 151. Please visit www.chimneyrockco.org for reservations or call (877) 444-6777.