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Chimney Rock National Monument

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Address: 3179 State HWY 151, Pagosa Springs, CO 81121
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The most remote of the pueblo ruins in the Four Corners area

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Hike to thectop

I am afraid of heights but really wanted to see the ruins at the top. So I braved the trail and it was worth the visit.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 September 2016
terry19501950
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Montgomery, Texas
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Verden, Oklahoma
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Very disappointing. They wouldn't let us go up and look around because of a thunderstorm in the area. It seemed odd the price for a 2 hour guided tour is the same as a short self guided tour. Anyway we didn't get to do either one.

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Montgomery, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

I am afraid of heights but really wanted to see the ruins at the top. So I braved the trail and it was worth the visit.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

We elected to do the full guided hike, and the views were spectacular! The initial segment is a paved walkway, where one learns about the original inhabitants and their lifestyle. The second segment is a hike up a fairly rocky, steep path...but the views are worth every step.

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

I recommend doing the guided tour to get the full effect of this site. You can drive your own vehicle (trucks or suvs) to the first landing, then your tour guide will take over. They say drink lots of water and be prepared for an exertion. We are Texans, so we aren't used to the higher elevations, but we didn't... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

This is a very interesting archealogical site. The docents are extremely knowledgeable and happy to share their information. The grounds are well maintained for safety and appearance. Loved seeing all the hummingbirds that gather near the cabin where you register before going up to the site itself. In our group of four (two couples) we have two who can manage... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

The climb is on foot and the path is narrow in places. Wear your good walking shoes and snacks for the hike. It is worth every minute of it!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

We tried to join the 9:30 am group however it was full so we waited for the 10:30 am group. During busy periods they should have tours every 30 mins as they were only supposed to have 25 people in the group but the 9:30 had 28. This clearly indicates there is enough interest. There are two parts to the... More 

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Danyelle L, Administrative Director at Chimney Rock National Monument, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to visit and give your feedback on our tours. Our non-profit organization that runs the interpretive program with over 85 volunteers at the monument offers two types of tours - a 2-hour volunteer guided tour of two trails, and a self-guided audio tour of the paved ADA accessible Kiva trail that runs approximately 45... More 

Lakewood, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

We were lucky to get Michel as a guide. He is very knowledgeable about the area and the history of the people that did the building.

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Corrales, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Not a decent pullover to take pictures, so you have to "wing it". Many good locations to take pictures and can see from the hwy.

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sherman, ct
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

More than just a rock...a great intro to the story of the Ancestral Puebloans that was continued when we went to Mesa Verde. a GREAT prelude to our Mesa Verde National Park experience.

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