Plan a Tour to Chimney Rock National Monument

Chimney Rock National Monument is a protected archaeological site with limited access  through tours only from May 15 through September 30.  There is no entry fee at the Monument; tour fees covering these “expanded amenities” are the the only fees.  All tours begin at the visitor cabin where fees are collected. Guests then drive in their own vehicles to the high mesa.  Only people on tours may drive to the mesa top.  The drive is 2  1/2 miles up a steep , winding gravel road to the upper parking lot (7,400 feet elevation), where both Guided Tours and  Audio-Guided Tours begin.  The ancient structures are not visible from the mesa top.  Tours do not climb Chimney Rock nor Companion Rock.    All tours are first come-first serve and have a 25 person maximum. No reservations required.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT SEVERE WEATHER AND/OR TRAIL CONDITIONS MAY REQUIRE THAT TOURS AND SPECIAL EVENTS CAN BE CANCELLED AT THE LAST MINUTE. PLEASE CALL THE CABIN BEFORE ARRIVAL. RAIN CHECKS ARE OFFERED FOR TOURS AND SPECIAL EVENTS DUE TO CANCELLATION. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS FOR THE PUEBLO TOUR DUE TO ITS SHORT LENGTH.  FULL REFUNDS WILL BE MADE FOR THE COMBO TOUR IF LESS THAN HALF THE TOUR IS COMPLETED.
 

 

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Tour Options

GUIDED TOURS: $16/adult & $8/child (ages 5-12)

Combo Tour: 9:15am

Get the full story about Chimney Rock National Monument with this in-depth extended guided tour into an ancient world.  Trained volunteer interpretive guides bring this beautiful site to life so you can visualize what it might have been like to live here 1,000 years ago.  This tour provides access to the Great House Pueblo Trail, the Mesa Village Trail and all four excavated structures. You’ll walk a little more than one mile and climb 200 feet. This tour is 2-hours in length. Please allow for an additional 45 minutes’ drive time (to and from the Visitors Cabin) and the hike down from the Great House, for a total of 2 3/4 hour.  This popular tour fills at 25 people and is first come first serve.

Pueblo Tour: 11:00am, 12:30pm & 1:30pm

The Pueblo Tour is perfect for visitors with time constraints but who still want to see the awe-inspiring 360°views  of the San Juan Mountain Range and the twin spires from the Great House Pueblo.  The Great House Pueblo Trail is a moderately challenging unimproved trail with a 200-foot elevation gain. The tour features a multi-family dwelling, several unexcavated structures and a Chacoan Great House Pueblo (7,600-feet elevation). This tour is 1 1/4 hours in length and ends on top of the mesa. Guests must then hike back down to the parking lot which takes approximately 15 minutes.   Please allow for an additional 30 minutes’ drive time to and from the Visitor’s Center for a total of 2 hours.

Tour times are subject to change.  Please contact the cabin before arrival (970)883-5359.

AUDIO-GUIDED TOURS: $12/adult & $6/child (ages 5-12)

Experience a breathtaking overlook of the Piedra River Valley and Peterson Ridge as you walk the Mesa Village Trail at your own pace.   This trail is a one-third-mile paved and ADA accessible loop takes you to our 44-foot diameter excavated Great Kiva as well as excavated pit house and other unexcavated structures.  Plan on an hour for this self-guided audio tour so you can take in the views and photo opportunities.  The tour is up to 45 minutes in length.  Please allow for an additional 30 minutes’ drive time to and from the Visitor’s Center.  There are three ways to enjoy an audio-guided tour:

  • Purchase your audio-guided tour at the Visitor Cabin and receive a audio device with pre-recorded audio commentary that gives in-depth information about the structures viewed and the people who lived there.
  • Download the San Juan National Forest app before you arrive at Chimney Rock, purchase your audio-guided tour at the Visitor cabin and receive a pin so you can use your own phone or device for the audio-tour.
  • Visitors who have attended the Guided Pueblo Tours can also take a audio-guided tour at no extra cost.
  • Available between 10:00am – 3:00pm

Tour times are subject to change.  Please contact the cabin before arrival (970)883-5359. Refunds are offered

This applies to daily tours, and any cancellation is assumed to be due to weather conditions: