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Chimney Rock National Monument

St Rd 151, Chimney Rock, CO 81147
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
Activities: Hiking
Traveler Description: Chimney Rock is a San Juan National Forest Archaeological Area located in Colorado between Durango and Pagosa Springs and managed for archaeological... more »
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Magnolia, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is a small national monument staffed by volunteers. You pay for a guided tour of the upper encampment and can do a self guided tour of the lower one. You cannot access the upper one without a guide. The volunteers are friendly and knowledgable. You pay at the information booth and then are allowed to drive to the upper... More

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Indianapolis, IN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We visited Chimney Rock again this summer, the first time since they received "National Monument" status. A member of our party has a National Park Pass (NPP), this was of no use to us. They do not charge "admission" so there was no need for the NPP. The unfortunate part about the no "admission charge" was the mandatory tour fee.... More

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

The volunteers that staff Chimney Rock do a wonderful job giving tours. We took a 2 1/2 hour guided tour that was interesting and extremely informative. Ask for Joan- what she doesn't know about the people, the site and the archeology of the place doesn't need to be known. The monument survives on the ticket costs, donations and grants- well... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Chimney Rock National Monument is part of the US Forest Service and not a national monument of the National Park Service of the US Department of the Interior. As such it does not receive the funding and exposure of most national parks, historic sites, and monuments. However, a group of volunteers is very effective at maintaining and exhibiting this monument.... More

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nashville Tn
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

For years I've wanted to go there and recently got the opportunity. So glad I did. The tour guide gave us a good deal of the history, not only of the Chimney Rock ruins but information about the ancestral Puebloan culture that built them. The climb to the upper ruins was steep, but our guide gave us plenty of pauses... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

On our way to Durango we saw a sign to Chimney Rock. We could see this unusual rock formation many miles before we finally saw the sign. What a hidden treasure. The staff there are excellent and take their guided tour to the top. There is a fee but well worth it. Everyone is so knowledgeable and you get to... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

My wife and I would heading to Pagosa Spring Colorada when we saw the sign to Chimney Rock National Park (it is now designated a national park but Congress has not provided any additional funding). Anyway, we decided to give it a visit. When we arrived, we were greeted by the greatest group of volunteer staff in their small visitors... More

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Galveston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Chimney Rock was a nice stop on our way from Pagosa Springs to Durango. The tour isn't very long but well worth the time. If you don't take the tour you'll miss out on the cooler ruins. The ruins are Pueblan or Chaco type and are pretty impressive. There are some astronomical alignments and of course the 2 chimney peaks.... More

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Clarence Center, New York
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

This site is more than a "monument." Definitely worth a visit by anyone interested in early Native American history, archeology, engineering--or someone who thinks Stonehenge is cool. This is not a national park but was presented on the same professional scale as if the National Park Service was responsible for the site. It can be seen only with a guided... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Chimney Rock National Monument (tripadvisor page needs to be updated to reflect new name as of September 2012) is a true gem!! I highly suggest you take one of the guided tours to the upper trail. The lower trail is self guided but not nearly as interesting.

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