• Luke

How to see Major Lunar Standstill at Chimney Rock National Monument

Updated: Nov 2


First of all, be respectful.





Point blank period, be respectful. Not only is this land Federally protected but it is also a site of immeasurable cultural heritage with deep significance to the ancestral puebloans. Before you visit please contact the US Forest Service to make sure the park isn’t closed for a ceremony or use by the tribes. I’m personally very scientifically minded and even I felt a present power in witnessing something that obviously had such high importance to so many of the first inhabitants of this region. To learn more about the importance of this phenomenon please read my blog post here https://www.astrotours.org/post/the-start-of-major-lunar-standstill-season-at-chimney-rock-national-monument


Major Lunar Standstill at Chimney Rock National Monument only happens every 18 years but as implied by the word “standstill” the moon will stay visible rising between the rocks multiple times over the next 3 years so there will be many opportunities to see it between now and 2026.


Be sure to check the cloud cover before heading out: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=37.1941&lon=-107.3017&unit=0&lg=english&FcstType=graphical





The ones that occur during the full moon are most likely what most people will want to see as such the US Forest Service (USFS) is talking about doing a lottery system or something to see those. Again contact the USFS to get the most up to date information for your visit.


This table lists all upcoming full moon opportunities to see the full moon between the rocks. Green is the best viewing Az: ~53°, yellow is decent viewingAz: ~54°, yellow/orange is somewhat decent viewing Az: ~54.5°, orange is viewable from limited anglesAz: ~54.7°, and red means only part of the Moon will be visible between the rocks at limited anglesAz: ~55°.






here is that table in text sorry apparently my blogging software doesn't understand the table format from my spreadsheet program:


Date of event | time of moon rise (add a few min to account for toporograpy)

Az: 54.86° Alt: -0.23° (Alt Az, learn more here https://www.astrotours.org/post/major-lunar-standstill )

% full (100%=full moon, 50%=first/last quarter {“half moon”}, 0% = new moon) % larger (i.e. super moon)


Thu 05 Jan, 2023 | 3:56 pm

Az: 54.9 l° Alt: -0.23°

99.1% 0.6% larger

Tue 28 Nov, 2023 | 5:50 pm

Az: 54.15° Alt: -0.24°

96.9% 5.0% larger

Mon 25 Dec, 2023 | 3:41 pm

Az: 54.89° Alt: -0.24°

98.8% 4.9% larger

Tue 26 Dec, 2023| 4:34 pm

Az: 53.90° Alt: -0.24°

100.0% 3.9% larger

Tue 23 Jan, 2024| 3:23 pm

Az: 54.39° Alt: -0.24°

96.8% 2.7% larger

Sat 14 Dec, 2024 | 4:06 pm

Az: 54.53° Alt: -0.25°

99.8% 10.3% larger

Sun 15 Dec, 2024 | 5:06 pm

Az: 53.55° Alt: -0.26°

99.5% 9.2% larger

Sat I I Jan, 2025 | 2:50 pm

Az: 53.56° Alt: -0.25°

95.1% 8.6% larger

Sun 12 Jan, 2025 | 3:53 pm

Az: 54.18° Alt: -0.25°

98.8% 7.7% larger

Fri 05 Dec, 2025 | 5:30 pm

Az: 53.79° Alt: -0.27°

98.4% 13.2% larger

Thu 01 Jan, 2026 | 3:06 pm

Az: 54.04° Alt: -0.26°

96.7% 12.9% larger

Fri 02 Jan, 2026| 4:14 pm

Az: 54.33° Alt: -0.27°

99.7% |2.6% larger

Wed 25 Nov, 2026 | 5:49 pm

Az: 54.62° Alt: -0.27°

97.1% 13.2% larger

Wed 23 Dec, 2026| 4:33 pm

Az: 54.96° Alt: -0.27°

100.0% 14.1% larger


However, I would recommend settling for a night that the moon isn’t full so you can have a more intimate viewing. No one really knows the significance of this alignment to the ancestral puebloans; it could be that it’s just as significant when the moon is only partly full as it was on full moon alignments. Here’s a list of all good alignments for until 2026.


Please contact the US Forest Service to see the status of the park. Most nights the park will be closed and you will have to hike/bike up the road to see it. There is parking at the entry gate even when the gate is closed. It’s a 3.5 mile hike to the top meaning a 7mile round trip hike. It’s a dirt road so I would recommend a mountain bike if you want to bike to the upper parking lot but bikes are not allowed in the archaeological site so you will have to hike the last stretch. No camping/backpacking is permitted in the national monument at all. You will have to hike in view the moon rise and hike out to your car and drive elsewhere to camp/sleep (sleeping in your car in the parking lot outside of the gate is not permitted)


Remember the closer the moon is to Az: 53° the better; the best viewing Az: ~53°, decent viewing Az: ~54.1°, somewhat decent viewing Az: ~54.4°, viewable from limited angles Az: ~54.7°, and only part of the Moon will be visible between the rocks at limited angles Az: ~55°. Also, be sure to check the cloud cover before heading out https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=37.1941&lon=-107.3017&unit=0&lg=english&FcstType=graphical



Date of event | time of moon rise (add a few min to account for toporograpy)

Az: 54.86° Alt: -0.23° (Alt Az, learn more here https://www.astrotours.org/post/major-lunar-standstill )

% full (100%=full moon, 50%=first/last quarter {“half moon”}, 0% = new moon) % larger (i.e. super moon)


Sat 15 Oct, 2022 | 10:26 pm

Az: 54.8l° Alt: -0.22°

64.4% 0.9% larger

Fri I1 Nov, 2022 | 7:18 pm

Az: 54.99° Alt: -0.23°

87.6% 1.2% larger

Sat 12 Nov, 2022| 8:09 pm

Az: 55.0l° Alt: -0.23°

80.3% 0.7% larger

Fri 09 Dec, 2022| 6:01 pm

Az: 54.86° Alt: -0.23°

96.8% 0.7% larger

Thu 05 Jan, 2023 | 3:56 pm

Az: 54.9l° Alt: -0.23°

99.1% 0.6% larger

Wed 0 I Feb, 2023 | 1:52 pm

Az: 54.94° Alt: -0.23°

87.0% 0.7% larger

Thu 02 Feb, 2023 | 2:44 pm

Az: 55.0l° Alt: =0.23°

92.8% 0.3% larger

Tue 28 Feb, 2023 | 11:47 am

Az: 55.04° Alt: -0.23°

64.1% 1.4% larger

Wed 0l Mar, 2023 | 12:37 pm

Az: 54.50° Alt: -0.23°

73.2% 0.7% larger

Tue 28 Mar, 2023 | 11:28 am

Az: 54.24° Alt: -0.23°

46.6% 1.7% larger

Wed 29 Mar, 2023 | 12:22 pm

Az: 54.89° Alt: -0.23°

56.5% 0.9% larger

Mon 24 Apr, 2023 19:18 am

Az: 54.49° A/t:-0.23°

20.7% 2.7% larger

Tue 25 Apr, 2023 | 10:1 | am

Az: 54.3l° Alt: -0.23°

29.5% 1.7% larger

Sun 21 May, 2023 | 7:10 am

Az: 55.26° Alt: -0.23°

3.8% 3.2% larger

Mon 22 May, 2023 | 8:00 am

Az: 54.2l° Alt: -0.23°

8.7% 2.3% larger

Tue 23 May, 2023 | 8:56 am

Az: 55.20° Alt: -0.23°

15.3% 1.5% larger

Sun 18 Jun, 2023| 5:53 am

Az: 54.45° Alt: -0.23°

0.1% 2.3% larger

Mon 19 Jun, 2023 | 6:47 am Az: 54.70° Alt: -0.23° 1.7% 1.6% larger Sat 15 lul, 2023 | 3:48 am Az: 54.75° Alt: -0.23° 5.3% 2.2% larger Sun 16 Jul, 2023 | 4:40 am Az: 54.38° Alt: -0.22° 1.7% 1.4% larger Fri I1 Aug, 2023 | 1:45 am Az: 55.03° Alt: -0.22° 22.1% 2.5% larger Sat 12 Aug, 2023 | 2:35 am Az: 54.10° Alt: -0.22° 14.3% 1.6% larger Sun 13 Aug, 2023 | 3:31 am Az: 55.16° Alt: -0.22° 8.1% 0.9% larger Fri 08 Sep, 2023 | 12:30 am Az: 53.93° Alt: -0.22° 36.6% 2.4% larger Sat 09 Sep, 2023 | 1:24 am Az: 54.38° Alt: -0.22° 27.2% 1.4% larger Wed 04 Oct, 2023 | 10:22 pm Az: 54.15° Alt: -0.22° 63.7% 4.0% larger Thu 05 Oct, 2023 | 11:15 pm Az: 53.82° Alt: -0.22° 53.5% 2.6% larger Tue 31 Oct, 2023 | 8:11 pm Az: 55.04° Alt: -0.24° 87.6% 5.6% larger Wed 0l Nov, 2023| 9:03 pm Az: 53.69° Alt:-0.24° 79.7% 4.1% larger Thu 02 Nov, 2023 | 10:01 pm Az: 54.59° Alt: -0.22° 70.7% 2.8% larger Tue 28 Nov, 2023 | 5:50 pm Az: 54.15° Alt: -0.24° 96.9% 5.0% larger Wed 29 Nov, 2023| 6:46 pm Az: 54.05° Alt: -0.24° 92.2% 3.8% larger Mon 25 Dec, 2023 | 3:41 pm Az: 54.89° Alt: -0.24° 98.8% 4.9% larger Tue 26 Dec, 2023 | 4:34 pm Az: 53.90° Alt: -0.24° 100.0% 3.9% larger

Wed 27 Dec, 2023 | 5:33 pm Az: 55.13° Alt: -0.24° 99.0% 3.0% larger Mon 22 Jan, 2024 | 2:27 pm Az: 53.87° Alt: =0.24° 92.2% 3.6% larger Tue 23 Jan, 2024 | 3:23 pm Az: 54.39° Alt: -0.24° 96.8% 2.7% larger Sun 18 Feb, 2024 | 12:23 pm Az: 53.88° Alt: -0.23° 72.1% 3.9% larger Mon 19 Feb, 2024 | 1:17 pm Az: 53.79° Alt: -0.24° 80.9% 2.8% larger Sat 16 Mar, 2024 | 11:17 am Az: 54.21° Alt: -0.24° 45.5% 5.5% larger Sun 17 Mar, 2024 | 12:10 pm Az: 53.38° Alt: -0.24° 56.2% 4.0% larger Mon 18 Mar, 2024 | 1:09 pm Az: 54.76° Alt: -0.23° 66.3% 2.7% larger Fri 12 Apr, 2024 | 9:07 am Az: 55.30° Alt: -0.24° 19.4% 7.8% larger Sat 13 Apr, 2024 | 10:00 am Az: 53.42° Alt: -0.24° 29.0% 6.0% larger Sun 14 Apr, 2024 | 10:58 am Az: 53.96° Alt: -0.24° 39.2% 4.4% larger Fri 10 May, 2024 | 7:46 am Az: 54.13° Alt: -0.24° 7.7% 7.8% larger Sat I I May, 2024 | 8:43 am Az: 53.55° Alt: -0.24° 14.8% 6.1% larger Sun 12 May, 2024 | 9:46 am Az: 55.39° Alt: -0.24° 23.4% 4.5% larger Thu 06 Jun, 2024 | 5:33 am Az: 55.34° Alt: -0.24° 0.0% 8.2% larger Fri 07 Jun, 2024 | 6:28 am Az: 53.64° Al: -0.24° 1.2% 6.9% larger Sat 08 Jun, 2024 | 7:29 am Az: 54.45° Alt: -0.23° 4.9% 5.6% larger

Thu 04 Jul, 2024| 4:17 am Az: 54.00° Alt: -0.23° 2.7% 6.7% larger Fri 05 Jul, 2024 | 5:15 am Az: 53.86° Alt: -0.23° 0.3% 5.7% larger Wed 31 Jul, 2024 | 2:11 am Az: 54.39° Alt: -0.23° 17.3% 6.3% larger Thu 01 Aug, 2024 | 3:06 am Az: 53.49° Alt: -0.23° 9.9% 5.3% larger Fri 02 Aug, 2024 | 4:07 am Az: 54.95° Alt: -0.23° 4.4% 4.3% larger Tue 27 Aug, 2024 | 1 2:08 am Az: 54.89° Alt: -0.23° 40.6% 6.9% larger Wed 28 Aug, 2024 | 1:01 am Az: 53.3l° Alt: -0.22° 30.0% 5.5% larger Thu 29 Aug, 2024 | 2:00 am Az: 54.09° Alt: -0.22° 20.6% 4.3% larger Mon 23 Sep, 2024 | 10:54 pm Az: 53.46° Alt: -0.23° 56.3% 7.1% larger Tue 24 Sep, 2024 | 11:53 pm Az: 53.49° Alt: -0.22° 45.1% 5.4% larger Sun 20 Oct, 2024 | 8:43 pm Az: 54.27° Alt: -0.25° 82.1% 9.5% larger Mon 21 Oct, 2024 | 9:41 pm Az: 53.25° Alt: -0.22° 72.4% 7.7% larger Tue 22 Oct, 2024 | 10:45 pm Az: 54.78° Alt: -0.22° 61.8% 5.8% larger Sun 17 Nov, 2024 | 6:24 pm Az: 53.57° Alt: -0.25° 93.6% 9.8% larger Mon 18 Nov, 2024 | 7:27 pm Az: 53.94° Alt: -0.26° 86.7% 8.1% larger Sat 14 Dec, 2024 | 4:06 pm Az: 54.53° Alt: -0.25° 99.8% 10.3% larger Sun 15 Dec, 2024 | 5:06 pm Az: 53.55° Alt: -0.26° 99.5% 9.2% larger

Mon 16 Dec, 2024 | 6:12 pm Az: 55.3 l° Alt: -0.26° 96.5% 7.8% larger Sat I1 Jan, 2025 | 2:50 pm Az: 53.56° Alt: -0.25° 95.1% 8.6% larger Sun 12 Jan, 2025 | 3:53 pm Az: 54.18° Alt: -0.25° 98.8% 7.7% larger Fri 07 Feb, 2025 | 12:42 pm Az: 53.74° Alt: -0.24° 76.6% 7.8% larger Sat 08 Feb, 2025 | 1:41 pm Az: 53.48° Alt: -0.25° 85.4% 7.0% larger Thu 06 Mar, 2025 | 10:38 am Az: 54.17° Alt: -0.24° 50.6% 8.5% larger Fri 07 Mar, 2025 | 11:35 am Az: 53.15° Alt: -0.25° 61.9% 7.2% larger Sat 08 Mar, 2025 | 12:38 pm Az: 54.67° Alt: -0.24° 72.4% 6.0% larger Wed 02 Apr, 2025 | 9:31 am Az: 55.24° Alt: -0.25° 23.9% 10.7% larger Thu 03 Apr, 2025 | 10:27 am Az: 53.23° Alt: -0.25° 34.8% 9.1% larger Fri 04 Apr, 2025 | 1 1:30 am Az: 53.94° Alt: -0.25° 46.1% 7.4% larger Wed 30 Apr, 2025 | 8:13 am Az: 53.97° Alt:-0.25° 11.3% 11.5% larger Thu 01 May, 2025 | 9:16 am Az: 53.5l° Alt: -0.25° 20.1% 9.8% larger Tue 27 May, 2025 | 5:56 am Az: 55.46° Alt: -0.25° 0.2% |2.8% larger Wed 28 May, 2025 | 6:56 am Az: 53.56° Alt: -0.25° 3.0% 11.7% larger Thu 29 May, 2025 | 8:04 am Az: 54.64° Alt: -0.25° 8.5% 10.2% larger Tue 24 Jun, 2025| 4:37 am Az: 54.13° Alt: -0.24° 1.4% 11.7% larger

Wed 25 Jun, 2025 | 5:4| am Az: 53.83° Alt: -0.24° 0.0% 10.9% larger Mon 21 Jul, 2025 | 2:25 am Az: 54.94° Alt: -0.24° 15.1% 10.5% larger Tue 22 Jul, 2025 | 3:24 am Az: 53.49° Alt: -0.24° 7.5% 10.1% larger Wed 23 Jul, 2025 | 4:31 am Az: 54.88° Alt: =0.24° 2.4% 9.5% larger Mon 18 Aug, 2025 | 1:15 am Az: 53.50° Alt: -0.23° 27.0% 9.2% larger Tue 19 Aug, 2025 | 2:18 am Az: 53.93° Alt: -0.23° 17.3% 8.6% larger Sat 13 Sep, 2025 | 11:10 pm Az: 53.85° Alt: -0.23° 52.7% 9.6% larger Mon 15 Sep, 2025 | 12:11 am Az: 53.46° Alt: -0.22° 40.9% 8.6% larger Fri 10 Oct, 2025| 9:03 pm Az: 54.75° Alt: -0.25° 78.6% 11.5% larger Sat I I Oct, 2025 | 10:03 pm Az: 53.4l° Alt: -0.22° 67.8% 10.2% larger Sun 12 Oct, 2025 | 1 1:09 pm Az: 54.86° Alt: -0.22° 56.3% 8.7% larger Fri 07 Nov, 2025 | 6:47 pm Az: 53.84° Alt:-0.26° 90.7% 12.7% larger Sat 08 Nov, 2025 | 7:54 pm Az: 54.16° Alt: -0.27° 82.3% 11.2% larger Thu 04 Dec, 2025| 4:27 pm Az: 55.06° Alt: -0.26° 100.0% 13.9% larger Fri 05 Dec, 2025 | 5:30 pm Az: 53.79° Alt: -0.27° 98.4% 13.2% larger Thu 01 Jan, 2026 | 3:06 pm Az: 54.04° Alt: -0.26° 96.7% 12.9% larger Fri 02 Jan, 2026| 4:14 pm Az: 54.33° Alt: -0.27° 99.7% 12.6% larger

Wed 28 Jan, 2026 | 12:52 pm Az: 54.68° Alt: -0.25° 78.8% 1 1.0% larger Thu 29 Jan, 2026 | 1:53 pm Az: 53.67° Alt: -0.26° 87.9% 1 1.2% larger Tue 24 Feb, 2026 | 10:47 am Az: 55.47° Alt: -0.24° 52.7% 9.9% larger Wed 25 Feb, 2026 | 11:43 am Az: 53.59° Alt: -0.25° 64.4% 9.9% larger Thu 26 Feb, 2026 | 12:49 pm Az: 54.47° Alt: -0.26° 75.4% 9.7% larger Tue 24 Mar, 2026 | 10:38 am Az: 53.95° Alt: -0.25° 37.3% 10.3% larger Wed 25 Mar, 2026 | 11:41 am Az: 54.00° Alt: -0.25° 49.2% 9.7% larger Mon 20 Apr, 2026 | 8:30 am Az: 54.86° Alt: -0.25° 13.6% |2.1% larger Tue 21 Apr, 2026 | 9:32 am Az: 53.89° Alt: -0.25° 23.2% 11.3% larger Mon 18 May, 2026 | 7:15 am Az: 54.18° Alt: -0.25° 4.5% 13.4% larger Tue 19 May, 2026| 8:25 am Az: 54.96° Alt: -0.25° 11.3% 12.5% larger Sun 14 Jun, 2026 | 4:55 am Az: 55.04° Alt: -0.25° 0.7% 13.8% larger Mon 15 Jun, 2026 | 6:00 am Az: 54.29° Alt: -0.25° 0.2% 13.8% larger Sun 12 Jul, 2026 | 3:37 am Az: 54.20° Alt: -0.24° 6.1% 13.1% larger Mon 13 Jul, 2026 | 4:47 am Az: 55.08° Al: -0.24° 1.4% 13.3% larger Sat 08 Aug, 2026 | 1:23 am Az: 54.62° Alt: -0.24° 25.6% 11.1% larger Sun 09 Aug, 2026 | 2:26 am Az: 54.20° Alt: -0.24° 15.7% 11.8% larger

Thu 03 Sep, 2026 | 11:17 pm Az: 55.35° Alt: -0.23° 51.4% 9.8% larger Sat 05 Sep, 2026 | 12:16 am Az: 54.0l° Alt: -0.23° 39.5% 10.2% larger Sun 06 Sep, 2026 | 1:23 am Az: 55.42° Alt: -0.23° 28.0% 10.5% larger Thu 01 Oct, 2026 | 10:10 pm Az: 54.29° Alt: -0.23° 65.9% 10.2% larger Fri 02 Oct, 2026 | 11:15 pm Az: 54.87° Alt: -0.22° 54.1% 10.0% larger Wed 28 Oct, 2026| 8:02 pm Az: 54.97° Alt: -0.25° 88.7% 11.7% larger Thu 29 Oct, 2026 | 9:06 pm Az: 54.62° Alt: -0.26° 79.8% 11.3% larger Wed 25 Nov, 2026 | 5:49 pm Az: 54.62° Alt: -0.27° 97.1% 13.2% larger Tue 22 Dec, 2026 | 3:25 pm Az: 55.16° Alt: -0.26° 98.0% 13.5% larger Wed 23 Dec, 2026| 4:33 pm Az: 54.96° Alt: -0.27° 100.0% 14.1% larger Tue 19 Jan, 2027 | 2:06 pm Az: 54.58° Alt: -0.26° 89.9% |2.7% larger Mon 15 Feb, 2027 | 11:52 am Az: 54.9l° Alt: =0.25° 66.3% 10.2% larger Tue 16 Feb, 2027 | 12:55 pm Az: 54.84° Alt: -0.26° 77.3% 11.3% larger Mon 15 Mar, 2027 | 11:45 am Az: 54.68° Alt: -0.25° 50.7% 9.6% larger Sun I1 Apr, 2027 | 9:40 am Az: 54.95° Alt: -0.25° 24.8% 9.6% larger Sat 05 Jun, 2027 | 6:19 am Az: 55.32° Alt: -0.25° 0.7% 12.2% larger Fri 02 Jul, 2027 | 3:58 am Az: 55.5l° Alt: -0.24° 4.4% 1 1.9% larger

Fri 30 Jul, 2027 | 2:41 am Az: 55.24° Alt: -0.24° 13.6% 11.5% larger Thu 26 Aug, 2027 | 12:27 am Az: 55.38° Alt: -0.23° 37.4% 9.1% larger


Finally, if you happen to be near chimney rock outside of this date range you can just cheat. You can see the moon rise between the rocks from county road 175 (GPS, 37.203714, -107.330271, right next to hwy 160) even outside of lunar standstill, no hiking required! Just find a time