AAA Editor Notes
Chimney Rock National Monument is between Pagosa Springs and Durango, 3 mi. s. of SR 160 at 3179 SR 151. The site, in the San Juan National Forest, is surrounded by the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Home to the ancestors of the modern Pueblo Indians 1,000 years ago, Chimney Rock is of great spiritual significance to these tribes. As visitors explore the remains of the ancestral Puebloan village atop a mesa, they see spectacular panoramas, birds of prey and other wildlife, and colorful wildflowers. Guided tours include the Pueblo and Kiva trails. Self-guiding tours and several night sky viewing programs also are available.
Guided tours average 2.5 hours, include 1 mile of hiking with a 200-foot elevation gain and depart at 9:30, 10:30, 1 and 2. Water, sturdy shoes, hats and sunscreen are advised. The only self-guiding tour is a barrier-free trail.
Time: Allow 2 hours, 30 minutes minimum.