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Chimney Rock National Monument

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Address: 3179 State HWY 151, Pagosa Springs, CO 81121
Phone Number: 970-883-5359
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The most remote of the pueblo ruins in the Four Corners area

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Indian history

This is a great geological feature by it's self then to be tied to our American Indians makes it even better. A lot of walking to see the cliff dwelling and the chimney up close... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Creede, Colorado
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Creede, Colorado
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great geological feature by it's self then to be tied to our American Indians makes it even better. A lot of walking to see the cliff dwelling and the chimney up close. I first visited in 1999 and some of the areas i walked then are closed to the public now when went back and took my... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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328 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 391 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

We were driving from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde and noticed this formation off in the distance. We thought it was just one of the really oddly beautiful areas that pop up out of nowhere all over here and there, so we took a couple of quick photos. You can imagine my surprise when I am writing my reviews of... More 

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Leesburg, Virginia
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142 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

This is a great area to do hiking. You can do much of it in a weekend. We had one trail close to the Rock that was closed due to Falcons. Bummer- but the rest of the park is great. Not many people on the weekday.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Standard to see, but your guide can make the difference. They are all volunteer and love what they do! Wonderful for the archaeologist in your group or the history buff. Beautiful setting. Could be strenuous exercise for some. Best early in the morning, because that sun beating down can be brutal. Bring your water, put on the sunscreen, and take... More 

Thank Tyler C
Salt Lake City
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141 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

no entrance fee to the monument, but donations of course appreciated. fee for guided tour, but there's a free self-guided tour around the lower ruins for those with less time/interest. that was us. because we live in Utah we've seen a lot of native ruins and sites and so were not as impressed as someone who other visitors might be.... More 

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Maplewood, Minnesota
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134 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Less than expected is a generous rating. If the guided tour is full you don't get to see much and the price is the same ($12). You must be on a guided tour to trek to the main ruins at the top near the chimney. Your Nat'l Park Pass doesn't apply here. Its privately run. I do not recommend this... More 

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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Beautiful area, can enjoy a self-guided or guided tour. The people at the information center are very sweet.

Thank Dolores-Joe
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

We've been here many times, and keep coming back,in part because we ca see it from our home. If there are ceremonial dances offered by various tribes, don't miss it. An easy hike to the ruins along a paved path, it's wheelchair accessible. Upper levels require more of an effort, and not handicapped accessible. Don't miss this historic site if... More 

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Tsaile, AZ
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27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Another landmark I've driven by numerous times but never explored until recently. Unfortunately we visited on the spur of the moment and weren't aware of the guided tours for the really interesting ruins, and arrived too late to take advantage of them. The guides are all volunteers, very knowledgeable of the area and the flora and the fauna. You should... More 

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Victoria, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

The guide was very knowledgable of the animal and plant life that he pointed out along the trails, while giving great information about the people that built and lived in the area. I think it is worth the hike!

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