Chimney Rock Archaeological Area
A San Juan National Forest Archaeological Area and a National Historic Site, Chimney Rock is managed mostly for archaeological tourism, with four daily guided walking tours of ancestral Pueblo settlements. It’s open from May through September. In addition, this can be a good place to look for birds: Peregrine Falcons and White-throated Swifts nest on the namesake cliff spires, so keep a close eye on the sky.
Habitat: Cliff Face
Directions: The entrance to the archaeological area is on CO 151 about three miles south of US 160 and west of Pagosa Springs. The chimney rock formation can also be viewed from a distance on US 160 about three miles west of the CO 151 intersection.
Delorme: 87 C7
Roads of Colorado: 147 F2
Dates of Access: Daily tours May 15 - Sept 30
Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Ownership: US Forest Service
Restrictions: Tours require one mile of hiking; bring water and sturdy shoes
Parking: Paved parking area
Lodging: Hotels in Pagosa Springs or Bayfield
Handicapped Access: None