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Chimney Rock National Monument

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Address: San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Phone Number: 970-883-5359
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Activities: Hiking
Description: The most remote of the pueblo ruins in the Four Corners area

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Wonderful visit with a tour by very knowledgable docent

This is a little off of the beaten path, and if you're going in the summer your choices are either a short self-tour or a guided tour due to the site also being a nesting ground... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Bloomington, Illinois
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Springville, Utah
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

As others have noted, charging $12 ($5 for children 5-16) for a "self-guided tour" is ridiculous. A response to a review complaining about this came from the "Chimney Rock Interpretive Association." What's that? How is it "national"? I understand that various agencies (usually government) oversee national monuments (established by presidential decree). And I understand the need to pay tour guides,... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This is a little off of the beaten path, and if you're going in the summer your choices are either a short self-tour or a guided tour due to the site also being a nesting ground for peregrine falcons. The guided tour we went on was really excellent, and the opportunity to see the great house (which you cannot do... More 

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Glendale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

It's worth it to get closer. But it you do not have the time, make sure you stop and admire the view and take a few photos!

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Plant City, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Agree with others that $12 per person for a self guided tour is way out of line. "Volunteers" told us our senior access pass not accepted as they are run by forest service not National Park. The access pass is accepted at All federal lands. This is first time we have been denied access to federal lands. No issue with... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Taking the guided tour was worth every second. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and patient making sure everyone on the tour was able to make the climb and allowed for resting when needed. The view was breath taking.

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Winona, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

In the area for a family vacation. We wanted to visit Chimney Rock for the beauty and history. We noticed there was a night skies astronomy program there on Friday night. It started with some of the history of the area and the Anasazi people who built the ceremonial kiva and buildings in the area that are now protected ruins.... More 

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Yangon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

An old site of the pueblo indians on the top of a mountain. Very cool excavations, wonderful personnel. This is a national forest service monument so it is not covered by your parks pass. Just expect that adults 12 kids 5. See their website and plan your trip. Part of the site is accessible for self-guided tours but for part... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The climb to the top was over rocky ground, narrow paths with drop offs on both sides. We had to use our walking sticks (i'm 81 and we both recently had a knee replacements) to make it to the top, but the climb was well WORTH the effort. The spectacular view was 360 degrees. This is a must see if... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We got there early, only to discover that we had to pay to hike up. I was disappointed. I was hoping it was free....so we hiked around a small area behind the information booth. Oh well....maybe next time.

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Santa Fe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

On my many travels in the Four Corners area I had missed this gem of a Monument. It is of immense historic significance, especially if you are into native cultures and archaeo-astronomical wonders. Well organized with frequent tours by informed and motivated volunteers. It does take some hiking but not too difficult. You will be amazed!

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Address: San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Phone Number: 970-883-5359
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Pagosa Springs

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