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Chimney Rock National Monument

Chimney Rock National Monument

Featuring ancient Pueblo Indian ruins, guided educational tours, full moon programs, and Native American festivals, Chimney Rock National Monument is located 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs on Hwy 151.  

 

Chimney Rock National Monument
3 miles south of Hwy 160 on Hwy 151; 17 miles west of Pagosa
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Discover the mysteries of the Ancient Puebloans 

Designated a National Monument in 2012, Chimney Rock lies on 4,726 acres of San Juan National Forest land surrounded by the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Chimney Rock is the highest in elevation and most isolated, remote community tied to Chaco Canyon. Best known for the major lunar standstill every 18.6 years, the site was home to the ancestors of the modern Pueblo Indians 1,000 years ago and is of great spiritual significance to these tribes. Their ancestors built over 200 homes and ceremonial buildings high above the valley floor, probably to be near the sacred twin rock pinnacles.

 

Plan Your Visit:

 Open May 15 through September 30

 Entry gate open 9a.m. to 4:30p.m. with last access to the ancient structures at 3:00p.m. daily

 In season, guided & self-guided walking tours daily $12 adults, $5 children ages 5-16

 Two hour guided tours offered at 9:30a.m., 11:00a.m., & 1:00p.m.

 Self-guided tours daily between 10:30a.m. and 3:00p.m.

 Special monthly archeoastronomy programs and annual cultural events available throughout season see website for details.

 

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