President Obama protects Chimney Rock National Monument

Chimney Rock National Monument

Emily Diamond-Falk

With the use of the Antiquities Act, President Obama protected Chimney Rock National Monument in southwestern Colorado for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.

Chimney Rock National Monument is nestled in the heart of the San Juan National Forest.  The designation was applauded by people from all walks of life: local businesses, Native Americans, archeologists, conservationists, and elected officials. 

What makes Chimney Rock so special?

Chimney Rock dons several unique features:

·         Twin rock spires that can be seen from miles away

·         Native American ruins that date back 1,200 years

·          The Great House Pueblo, where you can witness the Northern Lunar Standstill -- or the rising of the moon between the rock spires -- which only happens every 18.6 years

Why it matters

The Wilderness Society looks forward to seeing Congress and the President continue to protect America’s natural heritage.

The Story of Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock’s story began in 925 CE. The ancestors of the Pueblo Indians lived there until 1125, and today people from across the United States come here to view the remnants of a civilization and the national forest surrounding the 4,700-acre archaeological area.

Why visit our newest national monument?

Chimney Rock National Monument will draw archeology enthusiasts for its structures that take us back in time.  People will hike the ruins and surrounding San Juan National Forest. Notably, its cultural significance will be forever protected for Pueblo tribes.