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Chimney Rock National Monument

San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
Activities: Hiking
Description: The most remote of the pueblo ruins in the Four Corners area
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Golden, Colorado
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Great experience and informational. Spend the money and have a guide take you along the routes. Not for young children. Great place to learn how the Native Americans lived and communicated with other tribes (up to 100 miles away).

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Richmond, Indiana
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Yes, it is worth the visit. It opens at 9 a.m, first tour at 9:30. In order to see any ruins, you pay the same $12 fee (no discounts). For the same $12, you can have guided tours to the Kiva and to the Great House; guided tour to the Kiva; or self-guide the Kiva. The best option is to... More

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North Vernon, Indiana
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89 reviews 89 reviews
25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This park is loaded with history. Great place to go if you are looking for something different and historical. The guides are very good and knowledgeable. This is a walking park with gravel roads. Take water and head gear with you.

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Osceola, AR
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67 reviews 67 reviews
43 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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48 reviews 48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
38 helpful votes 38 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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108 reviews 108 reviews
51 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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