This 1.5 hour guided tour explores local geology and its relationship to the daily lives of the ancestral Puebloans who lived at Chimney Rock.  Rock types impact structures, pottery, tools, and soil productivity; geologic processes determine the landscape, and, at Chimney Rock, play a central role in climate.  The relationship between the pillars and the South San Juan Mountains in terms of astronomical observations will be considered.  No prior knowledge of geology is assumed.  The hike up to the Chacoan Great House may be difficult for some in terms of the steep gradient, uneven footing, and elevation.


The fee is $16.00 for adults and $8.00 for ages 5-12, and is considered a non-refundable donation. A booking fee applies to each ticket purchased online or through the call center. Making a reservation through the call center or website 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.  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.

Geology Tour Dates

For the dates below: Check- in at 8:10am.  Tour begins at 8:30am and ends at 11:00am

  • May 19
  • June 1, 7, 16 & 30
  • July 5, 19 & 21
  • August 2, 4 16 & 25
  • September 8

For the dates below: Check-in at 4:00pm.  Tour begins at 4:30pm and ends at 7:00pm.

  • July 3
  • September 29
  • October 6

For more on the geology of Chimney Rock click HERE.

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