Chimney Rock National Monument

This undiscovered gem is an intimate, off-the-beaten-path archaeological site located at the southern edge of the San Juan Mountains  in Southwestern Colorado. You'll walk in the footsteps of the fascinating and enigmatic Ancestral Puebloans of the Chaco clan, following primitive pathways that haven't changed for 1,000 years. Archaeological ruins and artifacts, abundant wildlife, and its setting in the breathtaking San Juan National Forest make Chimney Rock a must-see.

Chimney Rock covers seven square miles and preserves 200 ancient homes and ceremonial buildings, some of which have been excavated for viewing and exploration: a Great Kiva, a Pit House, a Multi-Family Dwelling, and a Chacoan-style Great House Pueblo. Chimney Rock is the highest in elevation of all the Chacoan sites, at about 7,000 feet above sea level. The hike to the top is just a half mile and it's rewarded with dramatic 360-degree views of Colorado and New Mexico. Guided and audio-guided tours available May 15–Sept. 30.

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  • Facility Amenities
    • Gift Shop,
    • Parking off Site,
    • Restrooms
  • General Information
    • ADA Accessible,
    • Family-Friendly,
    • Hours of Operation
  • Group Amenities
    • Accommodates Tour Groups,
    • Group Rates Available
  • On-site Activities
    • Hiking/Backpacking,
    • Nature/Interpretive Trail,
    • Scenic Drive,
    • Scenic Overlook,
    • Wildlife Viewing