Chimney Rock Archaeological Area

The cultural resources of Chimney Rock Archaeological Area constitute one of the largest Pueblo II (A.D. 900-1150) communities in southwestern Colorado and one of the finest examples of a Chacoan culture "Outlier.” The Chaco phenomenon was a complex system of dispersed communities bound by economic, political, and religious interdependence. Chimney Rock is considered the northeastern-most outlier of this system and contains many outstanding hallmarks of the Chacoan system. The community is located beneath the prominent Chimney Rock Pinnacles, with dramatic 360° views of the surrounding landscape. The design of the Chimney Rock community incorporated ancestral Puebloan knowledge of astronomy; the pinnacles serving as a frame for viewing some astronomical alignments.  See for additional information.

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Latitude: 37.1748293 Longitude: -107.3030269 Elevation: 6619 ft
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Wendy Sutton

Hours Open

9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (last tour leaves at 2:00 p.m.)

Time Period Represented

Pueblo II

Seasons Open

May 15–September 30

Visitor Fees

Walking tours offered at $10 (adult), $5 (child 5–11), free for children under 5

ADA Accessibility Notes

The Great Kiva Trail Loop is ADA accessible; the Great House Trail is not.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are not allowed on the archaeological site; however, kennels are available at the visitor's center on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Contact Information

Chimney Rock Interpretive Association
970-883-5359 (summer); 970-264-2268 (off-season)
Pagosa Springs, CO US
San Juan National Forest, Pagosa
180 Pagosa Street
P.O. Box 310
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 US


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