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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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Good way to spend the morning

Historic attraction with excellent guided tours. 1st hour is an easy walk, wheelchair accessible. Next 1 - 1 1/2 hours is a rocky walk up the hill (about 200 ft. elevation... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Historic attraction with excellent guided tours. 1st hour is an easy walk, wheelchair accessible. Next 1 - 1 1/2 hours is a rocky walk up the hill (about 200 ft. elevation change) to a kiva. Be sure to have plenty of water, sunscreen, and wear a hat (available for sale on site). There is limited, shady seating for those who... More 

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Kilwinning, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Didn't pay fee as we didn't have time to take guided tour but can well imagine the views would be spectacular. Impressed by rock formation and managed to take photographs from the highway so pretty contented.

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Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Take the tour! We got here just a little late for the 9:30 tour and they held up to wait 15 minutes for us, nice of everyone. The first part of the tour is on the self guided section, but if you want to go to the top you must be part of the guided tour. The guide was very... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The only way by car will cost you $12 per adult. If you want to see chimney rock up close you HAVE TO pay the fee. You can hike up the windy road, if you want, but it's quite a long trek and the part that gets you closest still isn't open without the tour guide (and the accompanying fee.)... More 

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

very informative guide all thruoghout the tour we learned about the way of life of the people that used to inhabit the area and also about the geological features of the area.one thing that stuck in my mind was the way they could communicate with other mesa miles away and was used for tracking the moon and stars

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Chimney Rock was granted National Monument status just a few years ago. Prior to being declared a National Monument, they were run by the Forest Service, and because there is no funding for National Monuments, they are still run by the Forest Service, with the help of dedicated volunteers who provide the tours and run the gift shop. There is... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We stopped by here on our way to The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. We had allocated about an hour to see Chimney Rock. Upon arrival, I showed my National Park Annual Pass to the lady and she informed me that they did not honor this pass. I'm confused because I thought this was a national monument, which... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This tour is worth your time if you have a couple of hours. The knowledgable and enthusiastic guide, Alan, made this tour interesting and educational. The views are awesome. Alan took us slowly to various points of interest. He allowed time for everyone to adjust to the altitude. Great for kids. They even ground corn. Bring sunscreen and water.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This rock formation is a very unique one. My family enjoyed the drive to the monument and the pic opportunity.

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The archaeologist guide was excellent, but the top level is not for the faint of heart. I elected to stay and chat with the volunteer on duty and the others who did not go up to the top.

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