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Chaco Night Sky Program

Friday Aug 25 2017

8:30pm - 9:30pm

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Take in a Night Sky Program at an International Dark Sky Park when you visit Chaco Culture National Historical Park and experience the New Mexico night sky from the center of an ancient world!  Program held every Friday and Saturday evening April to October. Watch for special programs on the annual solstice and equinox.

Event Information

Chaco Culture National Historical Park
County Road 7900 from Highway 550
Chaco Culture National Historic Park
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Free with Park Admission
505-786-7014

If you’re looking for an out of the ordinary activity that will not only prove memorable—but will be the star of the show, look no further than the Chaco Night Sky Program. Chaco Culture National Historical Park is not only a beautiful place to hike, explore and discover the cultures of the past; it also showcases the Chaco Night Sky programs on archaeoastronomy, cultural history, and telescope viewing of celestial objects.

We highly reccomend that you take in a Night Sky Program at an International Dark Sky Park when you visit Chaco Culture National Historical Park and experience the vast beauty of the New Mexico night sky from the center of an ancient world. The Chaco Night Sky programs begin with staff presentations on archaeoastronomy, cultural history, and other topics, and are followed by telescope viewing of celestial objects. The road into Chaco may become problematic if weather is present. To ensure your visit is as easy as possible, be sure to call ahead if you are unsure of conditions. 

Chaco Night Sky Program Schedule

April & October 
Evening Night Sky Programs are presented on Friday, and Saturday evenings at sunset. The programs begin with staff presentations on archaeoastronomy, cultural history, and other topics, and are followed by telescope viewing of celestial objects.

May 1- September 30
Evening Night Sky Programs are presented on  Friday and Saturday evenings at sunset. The programs begin with staff presentations on archaeoastronomy, cultural history, and other topics, and are followed by telescope viewing of celestial objects. 

Spring Equinox at Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Program presented at Casa Rinconada, a Chacoan great kiva, at sunrise. Join park staff to observe the alignment of the building with the equinox sunrise.

Summer Solstice at Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Sunrise program is presented at Casa Rinconada, a Chacoan great kiva. Join park staff to observe the sunrise and the solstice marker of light inside the kiva.

Autumn Equinox at Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Program is held at Casa Rinconada, a Chacoan great kiva, at sunrise. Join park staff to observe the alignment of the building with the equinox sunrise.

Winter Solstice at Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Observe a winter solstice alignment. Park at the Pueblo del Arroyo parking area and walk 1/8 of a mile to Kin Kletso. Experience the winter solstice sunrise at this Chacoan Great House.

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