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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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Osceola, AR
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Chimney Rock is not for its scenic beauty or unusual setting.. it's a monument to the ancient natives (Anasazi) that lived here 200 years before those of Mesa Verde. Chimney Rock and its neighbor (approp. named "Companion Rock") were used for lunar and astrological study and following by the ancient Puebloans) who used these findings to determine when to plant... More

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Magnolia, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
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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82 reviews 82 reviews
38 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
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
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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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