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.Work out when and for how long to visit Chimney Rock National Monument and other Pagosa Springs attractions using our handy Pagosa Springs day trip planning app.
Chimney Rock National Monument reviews
Unique rock formations that was an important landmark for past cultures. Can be very hot here in the middle of the day. As it was when we were there and it also was quite windy blowing dust around... more »
Go early to avoid heat & crowds in summer. National Monument managed by US Forest Service. Less developed than Mesa Verde or Chaco Canyon. Check-in at hut at the bottom of the mountain. 3mi drive.... more »
Amazing place. Remember to put sunscreen, take water and put on decent shoes, as the hike is narrow and steep. Amazing super friendly volunteers. Very good info, we did the self guided tour. Dogs are not allowed, however they provide free shady kennels, and check on the dogs! So much better than leaving them in a hot car...
A wonderful sacred place. I encourage anyone that enjoys getting outside to go and see this place. Most of the park staff are volunteers. The money you spend really does go toward maintaining the area. A worthy investment in preserving a sacred place. You will not forget your time here. Amazing views, great hiking trails, & friendly staff.
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