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Chimney Rock National Monument sits atop a mesa. This archaeological site is sacred to the Ancestral Puebloans, preserving 200 ancient homes and ceremonial buildings. The monument is free to enter, but access to the ruins are only permitted with an informative and engaging 2-hour guided tour for which there is a fee. Tours require a short fairly steep hike up, but you will be well rewarded with outstanding 360-degree views of the landscape. The two spires, Chimney Rock and Companion Rock, were used as a celestial observatory and calendar. Plan now for the Major Lunar Standstill, where every 18.6 years, for 3 years afterwards, the moon rises between the spires. Next one begins in 2022. The monument is open May 15-Sept 30.
3179 State HWY 151
Chimney Rock, CO
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