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NEWS ALERT & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
As part of a multi-year capital improvement project at Chimney Rock National Monument, road reconstruction work will begin on October 10 and continue through December 1. During this time, parking in the lot adjacent to Highway 151 by the entrance gate will not be possible. Pedestrian access along the main road into Chimney Rock will similarly be impacted during much of this time frame. Those seeking to access the monument this fall should plan accordingly, as parking along the highway right-of-way is not permissible. We appreciate your patience during this process. For additional information, please contact the Pagosa Ranger District at (970) 264-2268.
Plan a Tour to Chimney Rock National Monument – Colorado
Here, in the shadow of the awe-inspiring twin pinnacles, you will experience a unique part of America’s heritage during the tour season, May 15 through September 30. Chimney Rock National Monument in Colorado is a protected archaeological site with limited access through tours only. There is no entry fee at the Monument; tour fees covering these “expanded amenities” are the the only fees. CRNM honors the Interagency Senior Pass and the Access Pass.
All tours begin at the visitor cabin where fees are collected. Guests then drive in their own vehicles to the high mesa. 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 Kiva Tours begin. Guided Tours end at the Great House Pueblo at 7,600 feet elevation. The Kiva Audio Tour remains at 7,400 feet elevation.
Chimney Rock National Monument is a highly protected archaeological site. Only people on tours may drive to the mesa top. The ancient structures are not visible from the mesa top. Two tour options are offered: Guided and Audio Kiva tours. For the same $12.00 fee ($5.00 for children ages 5-12), visitors may take either a guided tour (includes both the Kiva Trail and the Pueblo Trail) or enjoy an Audio Kiva Tour (does not include the Pueblo Trail). 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. Tickets are purchased at the Visitor Cabin. Active military discount available. Interagency Senior Pass and Access Pass honored. Ask your Cabin Host upon arrival.
Two-Hour Guided Tour
Our two-hour tour includes the Kiva trail (approximately first hour of the tour) and the Pueblo Trail (approximately second hour of the tour). Tour times are:
May 15 to June 30: daily tours offered at 9:30am, 11:00am, and 1:00pm (NO 9:30am, 11:00am and 1:00pm 2-Hour Walking Tour on May 27th. Please view the Early Tour Dances of the Ancients Package if you would like an early tour of the Pueblo Trail ONLY at 8:30am or 11:30am.
July 1 to August 15: daily tours offered at 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, and 1:00pm
August 16 to September 30: daily tours offered at 9:30am, 11:00am, and 1:00pm (There will NOT be a 9:30am tour on August 21.)
Audio-Guided Kiva Tour
Audio-guided walking tours offered daily between 10:30 am and 3:00 pm. Pre-recorded audio commentary gives in-depth information about the structures viewed and the people who lived there.
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.
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).
Last opportunity to access the ancient structures is 3:00 pm daily. There is a minimum of a half-hour drive round trip to where the tours take place and you will want to allow yourself at least 45 minutes to an hour for the Audio-Kiva Tour. At 4:00pm, all guests are asked to exit the upper parking lot and start driving to the entry gate which closes at 4:30pm.
Tours and special events may be cancelled due to severe weather.
Pets are not permitted on tours; only Service Dogs are permitted. Kennels are available at no charge.
There is no shade in the parking lot nor on the trails.
Public access to the Pueblo Trail is seasonally restricted beyond the falcon enclosure fence.
During this seasonal closure (March 1 – September 30), only guided tours operated by the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association may use the trail, under authority of the USDA Forest Service special use permit.
No oversized vehicle such as RV’s, trailers, or anything being towed is permitted to drive to the upper parking lot where the tours begin. Limited (if any) use of oversized pick-up trucks will be permitted. There is limited parking and space to drive these types of vehicles in the upper parking lot. Please call the site at 970-883-5359 to inquire about shuttle availability.
TOUR PRICING / TIPS
Reservations are not required for regular daily tours. For groups of 10 or more, reserving a private tour is recommended. Private tour price: $25/person. To arrange a tour for a private group, please call the business office at 970-731-7133.
Fee is $12 adults ages 13 & up, $5 children ages 5-12, under 5 free.
Active military with I.D. receive 15% off an Audio or Guided Tour.
No agency passes are accepted with the exception of the Access Pass and the Interagency Senior Pass (50% off a guided or audio guided tour for the pass holder ONLY.)
Schools groups are complimentary. Please call the CRIA office at (970)731-7133 to make reservations.
Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the outdoors.
Bring a hat, wear sunscreen and drink lots of water.
Don’t forget you camera!
It is against Federal law to destroy, excavate or remove any historic or prehistoric structure, artifact or object of antiquity on the public lands of the United States.