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Southwest Colorado and the Chimney Rock area have a rich source of wildlife.  Animals live here and travel through the area on their annual migrations.  Why do animals choose to use this area and what makes it so important to them?

Several species of raptors nest in the Chimney Rock area.  What species are these and where do they nest?   Lynx once roamed the surrounding wilderness.  Can you still find lynx in Colorado and if so, why or why not?  The last grizzly bears in Colorado where killed within sight of Chimney Rock.  The last grizzly succumbed in a battle of life and death between one man and the bear.  What happened, and was she the last?

If these questions arouse a desire to learn more, join us on the 1 1/2 hour tour.  Stories will be recounted that provide answers to these questions and other narratives of wildlife explored.  We’ll travel through some of these animals’ habitats and learn more about what animals need to survive.  Bring binoculars in the event that we’re lucky enough to see some of these fascinating creatures.

The tour will include the Great House and requires negotiation of a steep, rough trail with exposure to heights and drop-offs.  Binoculars encouraged but not required.


Making a reservation through the call center or website is the only way to guarantee a spot on this tour.  In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather, rain checks will be available.  For details, please call the Visitor Cabin (970-883-5359) 9:00 – 4:00 Mountain Time.

  • September 3: Arrive for check-in 7:45am. Program is from 8:00am-9:30am.


  • $16.00/adult and $8.00/child (5-12)
  • Considered a non-refundable donation.
  • A booking fee applies to each ticket purchased online or through the call center.

Reservations strongly recommended. Limited space. Walk-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis.


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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.