NEWS ALERT

  • Chimney Rock National Monument will remain open until October 15th!

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  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.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT SEVERE WEATHER AND/OR TRAIL CONDITIONS MAY REQUIRE THAT TOURS AND SPECIAL EVENTS CAN BE CANCELLED AT THE LAST MINUTE. PLEASE CALL THE CABIN BEFORE ARRIVAL. RAIN CHECKS ARE OFFERED FOR TOURS AND SPECIAL EVENTS DUE TO CANCELLATION. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS FOR THE PUEBLO TOUR DUE TO ITS SHORT LENGTH.  FULL REFUNDS WILL BE MADE FOR THE COMBO TOUR IF LESS THAN HALF THE TOUR IS COMPLETED.
 

 

Trail Descriptions

Great House Pueblo Trail


This trail has awe-inspiring 360 degree views of the San Juan Mountain range and the twin spires from the Great House Pueblo.  It is a moderately challenging unimproved trail with a 200-foot elevation gain and exposure to heights.  This trail includes a multi-family dwelling, several unexcavated structures and a Chacoan Great House Pueblo (7,600-feet elevation.)

Mesa Village Trail


Experience the beautiful overlook of the Piedra River Valley and Peterson Ridge on this one-third mile paved trail.  This trial includes a 44-foot excavated Great Kiva as well as an excavated pit house and other structures.

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Tour Options

SELF-GUIDED TOURS: $12/adult & $6/child (ages 5-12)

The entire site can be experienced through self-guided tours available between 9:00am and 3:45pm. Plan on an hour for each trail so you can take in the views and photo opportunities.  Please allow for an additional 30 minutes’ drive time to and from the Visitor’s Center.  Last access from the Visitor Center is at 3:45pm which only allows for a limited time of 15 minutes with 30 minutes of drive time round trip. Gate closes at 4:30pm

There are three ways to enjoy an audio-guided tour:

  • Printed interpretive brochure
  • Audio device with pre-recorded interpretation
  • 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.

Tour times are subject to change.  Please contact the cabin before arrival (970)883-5359. Refunds are offered

This applies to daily tours, and any cancellation is assumed to be due to weather conditions: