What is Chimney Rock?

Chimney Rock National Monument is a place of mystery, a sacred place, a celestial observatory and seasonal calendar for the Ancestral Puebloans over 1,000 years ago. Chimney Rock is a place of unparalleled natural beauty sitting on a high mesa at the southern edge of the San Juan Mountains between Durango and Pagosa Springs in Southwestern Colorado. It is the most isolated and remote community tied to Chaco Canyon as well as the highest in elevation.

Part of the San Juan National Forest, the Monument encompasses over 4700 acres, preserving hundreds of prehistoric sites that dot the landscape around the twin spires known as Chimney Rock and Companion Rock. The Ancestral Puebloans built more than 200 homes and ceremonial buildings high above the valley floor. Some ancient structures have been excavated and stabilized for viewing including: a Great Kiva, a Pit House, a Multi-Family Dwelling, and a Chacoan style Great House Pueblo.

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