Chimney Rock is a rarity within the USDA Forest Service. Recently designated a National Monument by the President, it remains under the domain of the Forest Service. As such, it is open to all visitors. However, there are seasonal closures and restrictions on entry into the Monument via motorized vehicle.
- Access to the Visitor Cabin is by gravel road about one-half mile from the entrance gate. The gate is open from 9:00am to 4:30pm between May 15 and September 30. From October 1 through May 14, the entrance is locked but guests may hike on the Monument. During tour season, if you pay for a tour or event or have a special permit from the Forest Service, you may drive the 2 1/2 mile winding gravel road to the upper parking lot.
- Visitors may hike into the Monument, ride horses, bicycle (only on the road) or snowshoe. If you decide to join a tour, you will be subject to the rules for that tour and asked to pay the fee.
- Public access to the Pueblo Trail is seasonally restricted beyond the falcon closure fence (between March 1-September 30.) During this seasonal closure, only guided tours operated by the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association may use the trail, under authority of the USDA Forest Service special use permit.
- Horses and dogs are not permitted on the interpretive trails.