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 October 15th.  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 Self-Guided Tours begin.  The ancient structures are not visible from the mesa top.  Tours do not climb Chimney Rock nor Companion Rock. No reservations required. Rain Checks are offered for special events due to cancellation. 



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.


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 two ways to enjoy an audio-guided tour:

  • Printed interpretive brochure
  • Download the San Juan National Forest app before you arrive at Chimney Rock, purchase your self-guided tour at the Visitor cabin and receive a pin so you can use your own phone or device.