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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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Loved it! Such a hidden treasure.

We stumbled upon Chimney Rock on our way to Pagosa. Wow, what a treat! There are pit houses, great kivas, and great houses that are well worth seeing.The Great House at the top... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We stumbled upon Chimney Rock on our way to Pagosa. Wow, what a treat! There are pit houses, great kivas, and great houses that are well worth seeing.The Great House at the top is one of the largest I have ever seen. The trail is rocky and there are cliffs on both sides. It's very hot and mostly uphill, so... More 

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Windsor, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

spent several hours with one of the guides who told the history of Chimney Rock as we hiked around the grounds. this is a must see if you are in the area.

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Lamy, New Mexico, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

Nice discovery on our weekend trip to Durango, CO. The ruins at the site attributed to the inhabitants of Chaco were an unexpected. The site lacks the amenities one expects on a guided tour. The visit to the "Chacoan" ruins requires a guided tour. It would be better if they did on that part of the guided tour and left... More 

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Roseville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We visited this National Monument recently and truly enjoyed our experience. We opted for the guided tour, and it was one of the better I can remember. Lynnis, our guide, was well informed, well spoken, interesting, humorous, and passionate about her subject. I would say that most can do the paved (ADA) path, but the second half of the tour... More 

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Owasso, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We were in Pagosa Springs for the week and were returning from a day trip to Durango when we passed the sign for Chimney Rock late in the afternoon. Honestly, we didn't know anything about Chimney Rock, nor had we ever heard of it at this point. Driving up to the "office," we were informed there were no more tours... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I have had this on my bucket list a long time. My wife and I have hiked to or toured many native American ruins throughout the southwest, to include Chaco Canyon. We appreciated the care that the staff takes of this most interesting and historic site. We took the two hour tour, which we highly recommend. Our volunteer guide was... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Chimney Rock offers a series of Anasazi ruins, framed by the geologic outcrops that give the site its name. I had no issue with paying the fees, as I understand the upkeep that must be required. The lower tour you can do yourself, and is a fine way to spend fifteen or twenty minutes. To see the upper section you... More 

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Sun Lakes, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Chimney Rock was just made a national monument. The volunteers who basically run the park are terrific. Their love of Chimney Rock keeps them so involved. It is a terrific way to spend a couple of hours out doors and at the same time learn about the people who lived I this area

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

As we missed the first part of tour..we were added to the second part going up to Chimney Rock. When done, we did the lower tour on our own.The guides are awesome and so so friendly. Nancy was our guide to top and so knowledgeable and takes rest time a long the way up. I loved the store at entrance... More 

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Somerville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

You can't see both of these from the highway. But as you approach the monuments, the second, smaller chimney becomes apparent. These are amazing. The striations from one monument to the next appear to be the same, as if they were cut from one huge piece of rock, which, I guess they were.

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Address: 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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