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.