Chimney Rock

The Chimney Rock's vertical pillars rising from the top of a hill are located in the San Juan National Forest west of Pagosa Springs. Hiking and viewing ruins left behind from ancient cultures are the most popular pursuits at the renowned 4,700 acres within the Chimney Rock National Monument.


Once home to Colorado's Ancestral Puebloans who vanished in 1125 A.D., the monument's archeological finds (including 200 homes and other structures) have been discovered near ancient farming areas. This collection of sites made up the cultural center of an ancient Native American civilization. Many of these sites have been reburied for their protection and preservation. Four sites — Great Kiva, Pit House, Ridge House and Great House Pueblo — have been excavated and stabilized to provide visitors a glimpse into the past.

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Chimney Rock has religious significance as well — every 18.6 years during the winter solstice the moon rises perfectly between the rocks.

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