Camp & Visit Colorado's Newest Nat'l Monument: Chimney Rock, Near Pagosa Springs
Chimney Rock National Monument, Colorado


Arrive in Chimney Rock's picnic area for bring your own non-heated picnic; Night Sky show begins at 7 p.m. Friday night. We'll also do the 9:30 a.m. tour Saturday morning, an afternoon easy hike along the Piedro River, and an evening potluck dinner starting at 7pm.  Trip ends Sunday morning.

Trip leader is reserving and paying for both tours and campground, so reservation and payment must be completed here by July 29th. Registration / ticket required.  Limit of 15.  See below, or contact Trip Leader Kathy Glatz at: for more info. 

Some of these details are from the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association:

Basecamp: Ute Campground, west of intersection of Hwy 151 and Hwy 160, near Pagosa Springs, CO, with Chimney Rock entrance just south of intersection (map).

Friday, 6pm, August 9, 2013 through Sunday morning 9am [Optional: camping available Th. night w/hike Fri. No add'l charge, let trip leader know.]

Fri: Arrive at 6pm in Chimney Rock's lower picnic area for cold meal; astronomy program 7pm-10pm w/minimal walking. 

Night Sky Archaeoastronomy Program
Enjoy the night sky in a truly dark environment. Your evening begins with a talk at the Visitor Center amphitheater. Topics range from what the ancient people noticed in the night sky to how a telescope helps us see stars and current topics in astronomy. As darkness descends, guests drive to the High Mesa parking lot where volunteer astronomers await with telescopes to provide a closer look at the wonders of the night sky. Each telescope will focus on a different feature of the night sky and the volunteer will change that focus periodically during the two-hour viewing time. This is a reservations-only program, suitable for children.  

Sat. am: 9:30am: full tour of archeological site. 

Pueblo Trail
The unimproved Pueblo trail is two thirds mile round trip with a 200-foot elevation gain, topping out at 7,600-feet elevation. The Pueblo Trail features a multi-family dwelling, now known as the Ridge House, and several crater mounds (unexcavated structures). At the top, Chimney Rock's Chacoan-style Great House Pueblo is spectacular against the backdrop of the San Juan Mountains. 

Great Kiva Trail
The one-third-mile Great Kiva trail is paved and ADA accessible. Guests will see a 44-foot diameter excavated great kiva, probably a community gathering place for those who lived at the site 1000 years ago. Also on this easy trail, there's an excavated pit house, a typical residence of the ancient ones.

Sat. pm: easy, short hike along Piedra River. 7pm: potluck at campground, no fires but stoves are ok.

Sun. am: Trip ends.

Trip leader is reserving and paying for both tours and campground, so reservation and payment must be completed here by July 29th.  $40 per adult ($25 is tax-deductible); $25 per childaged 5-16 ($12.50 is tax-deductible). Registration / ticket required.  Limit of 15.  

To share with your friends, visit our Meetup page.  Full description, to register and purchase your ticket, visit our event page.

Weather: Chimney Rock is 7903' elevation. Camping is bit lower, but while days will be warm-hot, evenings can get chilly. Dress accordingly.

Chimney Rock Pet policy: While service animals are welcome, pets are not permitted on tours. Shaded kennels are available at the Visitor Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Pets must be leashed while in campground.

Car pooling: in the interests of facilitating the logistics of some outings, it is customary that participants make car pooling arrangements. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for car pooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Car pooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among the participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel. It is customary for car pooling participants to share or reimburse gas expenses to the driver.  When you register, there is an option you can check that will share your contact info with others.

Because this is an overnight trip, you may also agree to form tenting [tent spaces are limited] and cooking groups. We are permitted only 2 tents, but up to 8 persons/site; the trip leader is taking 3 sites so we can spread out.

THE "TEN ESSENTIALS" -- The Sierra Club recommends the following be carried at all times when hiking in the backcountry:

Navigation (map and compass);
Fire (matches, lighters, and accelerant);
Signaling Device (whistle or mirror);
Sun Protection (sunglasses and sunscreen);
Insulation (extra clothing);
Nutrition (extra food);
Hydration (extra water and tablets);
Illumination (headlamp or flashlight);
First Aid Kit;
Emergency Shelter (tarp, bivy sack, and tent);
Repair Kit (tools, knife, cord, and tape).

OUR RMC WEBSITE HAS OTHER OUTINGS INFO THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST -- A Sierra Club Sign-In and Liability Waiver form must be signed before participating in outings -- if you desire to review a copy, please contact your trip leader.

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