Pagosa Springs is tucked away in an area rich with natural resources, in the
unspoiled solitude of the Yellow-Jacket Pass country.
Pagosa is the Ute Indian word for "healing waters." The Great Pagosa Hot
Springs attract many visitors, and numerous opportunities for recreation are
within 30 minutes or less. Colorado's largest wilderness area, the Weminuche
and South San Juan, offers unspoiled beauty and abundant wildlife. Pagosa
Springs is located just north of the New Mexico state line on Hwy 160. Navajo
State Park and Wolf Creek Ski Area are nearby.
Pagosa Springs is home of the world's largest mineral springs, with mineral baths
open year-round. Captain John N. Macomb is reputed to be the first white
American to discover the hot springs while surveying a route west for the U.S.
Army. He wrote: "It can scarcely be doubted that in future years it will become a
celebrated place of resort."
Chimney Rock Archaeological Area- Full Moon Tours
Full Moon Program at Chimney Rock Archaeological Area
970-883-5359 or 970-264-2287
Evening program to watch the spectacular moonrise at Chimney Rock's Great
House Pueblo Site, presented once a month, during the full moon phase.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! $10.00 fee charged per person.
These are a 2-3 hour program.
The moon will not rise between the spires during these events.
May 23, Monday 6-9 p.m.
June 21, Tuesday 6-9 p.m.
July 21, Thursday 7-10 p.m.
August 19, Friday, 6-9 p.m.
September 17, Saturday 6-9 p.m.
October 17, Monday 5-8 p.m.
Reservations required, call 970-883-5359 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. MDT
$15 fee charged
Hours of Operation:
In-Season May 15 - September 30, Daily 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Guided Walking Tour Schedule: 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.
Location: 3 miles South of Hwy 160 on Hwy 151
Mailing Address: Chimney Rock Interpretive Program, P.O. Box 1662, Pagosa
Springs, CO 81147
Phone: (970)883-5359 Visitor's Cabin In-season, (970)264-2287 Leave
From the Strater Hotel's website:
Chimney Rock Archaeology Area
Chimney Rock Archaeological Area (CRAA) lies on 3,160 acres of San Juan
National Forest land surrounded by the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. The
land mass camouflages the community of several hundred souls that settled it
around the 10th century. They occupied the fringes of Anasazi society, driven
from the downstream valleys as the environment deteriorated and the land could
no longer support their numbers.
This new home with its shortened growing season barely accommodated their
agriculture, and it isolated them as their brethren to the south and west
advanced their civilizations. But it offered a rich flora and fauna, allowing them to
revert to the outmoded hunter and gatherer ways to supplement their
Hundreds of individual sites dot the landscape. So far researchers have found
91 structures that may have been permanent structures, plus 27 work camps
near farming areas, adding up to more than 200 individual rooms.
The high mesa holds 16 individual sites, 14 of which are residential. Four of
these sites have been excavated and stabilized and are visited on the tour. The
sites visited are the Great Kiva, Pit House, Ridge House and Great House
Pueblo. Other sites have been excavated and studied, then reburied to protect
them and the valuable information they hold.
Presentation: The Chimney Rock Interpretive Program (CRIP) tour is offered four
times daily, seven days a week. Fees are paid at the Visitor Cabin and then the
tour proceeds 2 ½ miles up the road to the upper parking lot with the tour guide.
The tour is approximately one mile walking, and includes a 200-foot climb on the
Pueblo Trail. The Great Kiva Trail Loop is wheelchair accessible. It takes about
two hours plus driving time for the complete tour.
The tour guide will relate information about the site and surrounding areas.
Included is the history of the site, excavation of the site and who may have
settled here and why. Without written language, pictographs, or petroglyphs,
there are no definitive answers but, instead, a lot of differing ideas about the
history of Chimney Rock.
Preparation: Visitors should carry water and have good walking shoes, a hat,
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