Chimney Rock National Monument

Chimney Rock National Monument, Pagosa Springs

Chimney Rock National Monument

Chimney Rock National Monument
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The most remote of the pueblo ruins in the Four Corners area
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Michael S
Brighton, MI2 contributions
Stunning views
Sep 2021
Well worth the effort to get to the top. Views were breathtaking and the ruins were fascinating. Volunteers were very informative and helpful.
Written September 22, 2021
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Ben V
Spokane, WA161 contributions
Fun unplanned stop
Sep 2021 • Couples
Saw the sign while traveling to Durango and decided to stop by. At first we weren’t sure as you drive up to an unfinished visitor center and go chat with volunteers working from a nice shed. The volunteers were amazing though. Offered good insight into what you could see if you continued.

We paid our $12/person and drove the 3 mile dirt road in our rental minivan. No high clearance vehicle required. At the top, 1 easy, paved hike took you to old ruins with great info placards along the way. The 2nd hike was dirt and more uphill. Not overly challenging but gets the heart pumping. Views from the top were spectacular and interesting history of the site.

Glad we stopped.
Written September 20, 2021
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Diane C
8 contributions
A must see!
Sep 2021
Amazing to see this. Be sure to stop and read the history about this place. It is so interesting, amazing, and mysterious. Even if you don't hike to the top, there are great views and photo opportunities.
Written September 16, 2021
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Monica R
1 contribution
Chimney Rock National Monument
Sep 2021
I've been wanting to visiting this place for a while. I have my annual park pass and finally stopped by yesterday just to be told that my pass was not accepted here and I had pay $12.00 to drive up the road to see the ruins or I could walk the road for free. I asked why my pass was not accepted if this was a national monument and I was told that this is considered an "amenity". Anyhoo, needless to say, I walk away and did not pay the road fee. Go to Durano and see those amazing cliff dwelling and kivas instead, if you haven't done so already!
Written September 12, 2021
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Gran7
Crossett1,326 contributions
A journey through time
Aug 2021 • Couples
Stunning rock formation can be viewed from road for miles before arriving. Stop at visitor center for information and tour directions. History and geology meet here. So much information on the history of our planet’s formation. Beautiful spot. Hiking opportunities for the active
Written August 26, 2021
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Colo_Ken
Fort Collins, CO70 contributions
Spectacular views; knowledgeable docents
Jul 2021
I have been wanting to visit Chimney Rock for some time, and finally made it. It's even more than I anticipated. The volunteer docents really did a superb job explaining its role in the Chaco Canyon region. We're planning to return again.
Written August 15, 2021
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Lscottie
Pagosa Springs, CO338 contributions
Great place. Mandatory entry fee.
Aug 2021 • Friends
Wonderful place to visit to see ancient ruins and great vistas. Website on fees is confusing. Says $12 for “self-guided tour” —- that means everyone. It’s the entry fee. They are considering raising fees and taking feedback on that issue.
Written August 10, 2021
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Micheline M
Scottsdale, AZ106 contributions
Quiet area
Jun 2021
This is within reach of a daytrip from Pagosa Springs. Unfortunately I was not in good health at the time and could not hike that far up . It seems to be a good hiking place for those with moderate fitness and good walking shoes.
Written August 3, 2021
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2rollon
California488 contributions
Nice Monument
Jul 2021 • Friends
Spent a few hours here exploring the area. Hiked to the top was not so bad the lower loop you can easily walk and is paved for ADA use.
Written July 29, 2021
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Marlin M
Lebanon, PA1,033 contributions
Best To Visit Early Morning
Jul 2021 • Friends
Unique rock formations that was an important landmark for past cultures. Can be very hot here in the middle of the day. As it was when we were there and it also was quite windy blowing dust around. That kept my wife and I from hiking up to it since we are no longer young people. But we did enjoy viewing it from the parking lot. It appeared like a new visitor center is under construction.
Written July 16, 2021
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