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This 1.5 hour guided tour explores local geology and it relationship to the daily lives of the ancestral Puebloans who live at Chimney Rock. Rock types impact structure, pottery, tools and soil productivity; geological processes determine the landscape and at Chimney Rock, play a central role in climate. This tour leaves the lower parking lot promptly at 8:30am (the gate at HWY 151 will open at 8:10am for guests to check-in) and it includes the climb up to the Chacoan Great House. No prior knowledge of geology is needed. Reservations are encouraged as walk-ins are accepted based on availability.

Program Date:


  • Arrive for check-in 8:10am.   The leaves the lower parking lot promptly at 8:30am.

Tour Details

  • Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Price: $16/adult & $8/child (ages 5-12)

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There’s more to learn at Chimney Rock National Monument beyond the daily tours.  The interpretive program at Chimney Rock includes opportunities to see the site in a different light and to enjoy the different facets of the site.  Ticket fees for special programs are considered a non-refundable donation. Programs often sell out. A booking fee applies to each ticket purchased online or through the call center. Making a reservation through the website or the call center is the only way to guarantee a spot on this tour. Most programs are at full capacity prior to the event but we will accommodate walk-ins if space is available. Booking fees do not apply to walk-ins.

You can book our monthly programs online or by calling 1-877-444-6777.