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Chimney Rock Archaeological Area

Archaeological Site
Aerial view of Chimney Rock Great House – Unknown

ADA Accessibility Notes

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

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.

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.

Time Period Represented

Pueblo II


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

Seasons Open

May 15–September 30


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

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