Chimney Rock National Monument

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About Chimney Rock National Monument, Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock National Monument is a 4,726-acre (1,913 ha) 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.


Overview of Chimney Rock National Monument

Walking past the city of Chimney Rock, you will come across Chimney Rock National Monument. Don't expect lot of visitors to Chimney Rock National Monument since it is not a popular tourist spot in Chimney Rock.

Chimney Rock National Monument is not a popular tourist spot and visitors exploring prime attractions like Chimney Rock State Park. For more popular attractions visit things to do in Chimney Rock.

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  • Total ripoff. If you arrive after 1 pm your only option is to pay $12 per person to take a 20 min. Walk with a handheld device and see 3 kivas. Expensive tourist ripoff. National park service should be ashamed. Not ONE hike or trail available! Don't waste your time or money.

  • Short drive from Pagosa Springs. Inspiring, educational, spiritual and fun. I wish I would have driven my vehicle to the starting point instead of taking the shuttle. We could have spent more time at the ruins. Great tour!!

  • 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.

  • Pretty expensive for a short tour. The audio was great, but there's really not much to see as they are leaving much of it unexcavated (I understand the reasons, but I feel potential visitors might want to know). Visit Mesa Verde or Bandelier instead for a better experience.

  • I took the guided tour. The guide was very good and the climb to the top was hard (I'm pretty out of shape and the elevation goes over 7500). But it was definitely worth it.

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