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Chimney Rock National Monument, Pagosa Springs

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Chimney Rock National Monument is a 4726acre U.S. National Monument in San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado which includes an archaeological site. This area is located in Archuleta County, Colorado between Durango and Pagosa Springs and is managed for archaeological protection, public interpretation, and education. The Chimney Rock Archaeological Site has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1970. U.S. President Barack Obama created Chimney Rock National Monument by proclamation on September 21, 2012 under authority of the Antiquities Act.GeographyChimney Rock lies on 4,726 acres of San Juan National Forest land surrounded by the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Chimney Rock itself occupies 1,000 acres of the site, and is approximately 315 feet tall. Next to Chimney Rock is Companion Rock, which is a popular nesting spot for the Peregrine Falcon.The primary settlements that have been excavated lie on the ridge that eventually terminates at Chimney Rock. The ridge is mostly bedrock made of sandstone.HistoryThe rock itself is over 535 million years old, and offers 75-mile panoramic views of the local area. The Ancestral Puebloan site, designated on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, was a community inhabited between Durango and Pagosa Springs about 1,000 years ago with about 200 rooms. Rooms in the buildings were used for living, work areas and ceremonial purposes. The site is located within the San Juan National Forest Archaeological Area on 4,100 acres of land. Between May 15 and September 30 the Visitor Center is open and guided walking tours are conducted daily.
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  • It was a very special program during which we hiked up to the top of the trail and listened to live Native American flute music and guest speaker while waiting for the sunset at the west and moonrise ...  more »
  • We drove into the area, but elected not to pay the $12/person fee to get the tour of the ruins and a close up of the rock. There was a crowd there so thinking it is a popular stop.  more »
  • Arrived at visitors center at 12:00. Purchased tour tickets for 1:00 pm tour. The visitors center had several kennels at no charge. We took the van to the upper parking lot. Our guide was very knowled...  more »
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  • Great stop and worth the small fee. Shuttle can take you to beginning of trails and brings you back down. Much better than driving as road is gravel and one way. Sue, the guide, did an excellent job.
  • Educational, great views, and helpful national park staff. Only a few minutes off the main highway (160) and well worth the visit.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Visited a few days ago and it's a must see! The guide was full of information about the people and kivas. Go to first morning tour! There was only 8 in our group which made the questions easy and conversation more intimate. As we were climbing down, the next group going up was 20+!
  • Chimney Rock is a historical area with rich culture. Just imagining how people were living there is astounding and a difficult experience. Fire signals were displayed over 90 miles to signify events. A place with a lot of mystery and still not 100% explored Chimney Rock is amazing and a part of history.
  • A great local national monument. The tour guides are passionate and great. The site itself is quite interesting, with a lot of history. In winter, one can snowshoe up to the site for a unique (and tough and exhausting!) experience.

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