Chimney Rock National Monument

Plan a day trip to Chimney Rock from Pagosa Springs

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Chimney Rock
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About Chimney Rock in Colorado

Chimney Rock is a treasured, off-the-beaten-path archaeological site located at the southern edge of the San Juan Mountains in Southwestern Colorado.

Open May 15 – September 30

Chimney Rock covers seven square miles and preserves 200 ancient homes and ceremonial buildings, some of which have been excavated for viewing and exploration: a Great Kiva, a Pit House, a Multi-Family Dwelling, and a Chacoan-style Great House Pueblo. Chimney Rock is the highest in elevation of all the Chacoan sites, at about 7,000 feet above sea level. From the base, the hike to the top is just a half mile and it’s rewarded with dramatic 360-degree views of Colorado and New Mexico.chimneyrockco.org

Learn about the history of Chimney Rock.

Chimney Rock from Pagosa Springs

Chimney Rock National Monument:
3179 State Hwy 151
Chimney Rock, Co 81121

Pagosa Springs to Chimney Rock

Directions:

  1. Drive 16 miles west on Hwy 160 from Pagosa Springs to the Hwy 151 turnoff to Chimney Rock National Monument.
  2. Turn left onto Hwy 151 and drive 3 miles south to the entrance of Chimney Rock National Monument.
  3. Turn right and drive through the entrance gate 1/2 mile to the Visitor Center.
  4. Pull into parking area on left hand side and park in front of Visitor’s Center to check in for your tour.

Tours at Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock National Monument
Photo: chimneyrockco.org

Visiting Chimney Rock will require some outdoor exercise, as hiking the trails to and around the monument can be steep.

There are many tours available throughout the day and tours that take place in the evening.

Tours can range from 1 hr to 3 hrs in length.

Volunteer tour guides share the history of the site and the story of the people who lived here a thousand years ago.  The ancient structures are not easily accessible nor visible from any road.

The guided walking tour includes four stabilized structures. The audio-guided tour visits two stabilized structures.

Since Chimney Rock is a short drive from Pagosa Springs, there will be time left over to visit the nearby Southern Ute Homeland where you can tour the new cultural center and museum.


Chimney Rock Interpretive AssociationChimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA), a non-profit
501(c)(3), operates the interpretive program at Chimney Rock National Monument with the help of over 80 volunteers under a Participating Agreement with the USDA Forest Service and the San Juan National Forest.


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