Chimney Rock is an archaeological area comprised of several Ancient Puebloan ruins, located about 20 miles southwest of Pagosa Springs. Historical sites include the Great Kiva, Pit House, Great House Pueblo and the Ridge House.
Many of the ruins date back to around 1000 A.D. It’s a wonderful place to spend a summer day.
Hiking and Anasazi ruins in Pagosa Springs
Guided walking tours are given daily at 9:30am, 10:30am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm. There are two main trails, the Grave Kiva Trail (lower ridge) and the Great House Trail (upper ridge). Each usually lasts about 2.5 hours and leaves from the Visitor Center. There is a small gift shop and several displays including ancient artifacts and a pit house.
A self-guided tour is available on the Great Kiva Trail and is handicapped-accessible. It’s only available from 10:45am to 2:45pm, when staff is on site. Admission is the same no matter which tour you go on. Remember to bring water, sunscreen, hat, bug spray and comfortable walking shoes.
Throughout the season Chimney Rock holds many special events from full moon tours to Native American crafts and culture festivals. Check out Chimney Rock’s official website for more information on special events.
Address: 3 miles south of Hwy 160 on Hwy 151, Pagosa Springs
Season: mid May – late September
Hours: Guided Tours are 9:30am, 10:30am, noon, 1pm, & 2:30pm; Self guided walking tours are available between 10:30am and 2:30pm.
Pets: Not permitted on tours. A shaded kennel is available first-come, first-serve.