Chimney Rock Archeological Park

Written by on April 5, 2013 in CO History & Heritage - Comments Off on Chimney Rock Archeological Park

For centuries, Native Americans have held scared the beautiful and prominent spires of Chimney Rock. Located in the San Juan National Forest Archeological Area, between Durango and Pagosa Springs, and surrounded by the Ute Indian Reservation, Chimney Rock Archeological Park is one of the highest and most remote sites where the Ancestral Pueblo people settled.

Starting in 1970s and continuing today, archeologist are slowly uncovering the remains of this ancient civilization close the twin spires. More than 200 undisturbed structures are located in a six square mile area and include the Great House, Ridge House and Great Kiva (ceremonial hall). The artifacts found at the site tell us a great deal about the daily life of the people who first called this place home.

There are many mysteries surrounding this site and the people who lived here. Why did lowland farmers (thought to be linked to the Chaco Canyon culture in New Mexico) move to this high, harsh mesa? What was it about the twin towers of Chimney rock that attracted them? Where did they go when the left the area in the late 1200s?

There is plenty to see and do at Chimney Rock Archeological Park. The park is open May through September, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. There are daily guided walking tours, self-guided tours, plus a great visitor’s center. The park also hosts some unique special events, including the Annular Eclipse, the Autumnal Sunrise Program, a Native American Cultural Gathering and much more.

Other attractions in the area include:
Mesa Verde
Aztec Ruins National Monument
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Chimney Rock Archeological Park
P.O. Box 1662
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Phone: 970.883.5359

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