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Visit Chimney Rock Colorado 2018-06-21T17:04:41+00:00

NEWS ALERT

  • Chimney Rock National Monument will reopen on Friday, June 22nd. All guided and audio-guided tours will resume.

  • The Night Sky:Our Solar System on Friday, June 22nd has been cancelled.

  • The Full Moon Program on Wednesday, June 27th will take place.

  • Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) is one of 6 local non-profits selected to benefit from the 19th Hole Concerts at The Pagosa Springs Golf Course. Each concert pairs a non-profit with a local music talent on Thursday evenings, June 14- July 19. Bring a blanket or camp chair to sit outside on the course. Rain or shine. $10 donation cover charge supports ALL 6 non-profits! Pay at the event.
    • June 21- Brooks-i Band for San Juan Outdoor Club
    • June 28- The San Juan Mountain Boys for DUST2
    • July 5- 13th Hour for Archuleta County Seniors
    • July 12- Songs of the Fall for Aspire
    • July 19- J-Calvin for San Juan Headwaters Health Partnership

     

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 Kiva 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.

 

Per federal regulations governing America the Beautiful passes, only the Senior and Access Passes are accepted at Chimney Rock, which entitle the pass holder to a 50% tour fee discount. The Senior Pass discount is extended to the spouse. (Non-transferrable).  The America the Beautiful Annual Pass, which offers discounts for entrance fees at many sites nationwide, does not apply to “Expanded Amenities”, such as the interpretive tours offered here.  Active Military personnel are provided a 15% discount on tour fees with proper I.D.  Ask your Cabin Host upon arrival.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT SEVERE WEATHER AND/OR TRAIL CONDITIONS MAY REQUIRE THAT TOURS AND SPECIAL EVENTS BE CANCELLED AT THE LAST MINUTE. PLEASE CALL THE CABIN BEFORE ARRIVAL.

Tour Options

 Guided Walking Tour ($14/adult & $7/child (ages 5-12)

  • 2-hour tour available at 9:30am & 1:00pm
  • 1-hour tour available at 10:00am & 12:00pm

Trained volunteer interpretive guides will bring this beautiful site to life so you can visualize what it might have been like to live here 1,000 years ago?  To fit your schedule, choose a 1-hour or 2-hour tour.  The 2-hour tour provides access to the Pueblo Trail., the Kiva Trail and all four excavated structures.  You’ll walk a little more than one mile and climb 200 feet.  The 1-hour tour of the Pueblo Trail takes you to the Great House Pueblo below the pinnacles.

Kiva Audio-Guided Tour ($10/adult and $5/child (ages 5-12)

  • Available between 10am – 3:00pm

Walk the Great Kiva Trail at your own pace; includes the excavated pit house and Great Kiva.  This paved trail is one-half mile with little elevation change. There are two 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.

Click HERE for Tour Tips & Visitor Information

KIVA TRAIL

Breathtaking overlook of the Piedra River Valley and Peterson Ridge. One-third-mile loop, paved, ADA accessible, takes you to our 44-foot diameter excavated Great Kiva as well as excavated pit house and other unexcavated structures.

PUEBLO TRAIL

Awe inspiring 360°views views of the San Juan Mountain Range and the twin spires from the Great House Pueblo. Can only be accessed through a guided tour. This moderately challenging unimproved trail has a 200-foot elevation gain and exposure to heights. Features a multi-family dwelling, several unexcavated structures and a Chacoan Great House Pueblo (7,600-feet elevation).