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  • The CRIA “Sink Like a Rock” Team will be participating in the Pagosa Springs Penguin Plunge on Saturday, January 26th at 1:00pm.  Please help CRIA continue the free programming at Chimney Rock National Monument by making a pledge to our team by clicking HERE!

  • CRIA will be holding a Volunteer Open House on Saturday, February 22nd from 6-7pm at The Springs Resort Ecoluxe building. Come learn about the exciting volunteer opportunities at Chimney Rock National Monument!

What is Chimney Rock?

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 Canyon, 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. From the base, the hike to the top is just a half mile and it’s rewarded with dramatic 360-degree views of Colorado and New Mexico.

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