Recently designated a National Monument, Chimney Rock remains under the domain of the Forest Service. As such, this Land of Many Uses is open to all visitors. However, there are limitations for people who visit.|
Archaeological resource protection
Take only pictures and leave only footprints. The archaeological resources within the Monument are protected by Federal law. Please leave any artifacts where you find them and tread lightly; future generations will thank you.
From October 1 through May 14, the entrance gate is closed to motor vehicles. Guests may hike on the Monument, ride horses, bicycle (only on the road), cross country ski, or snowshoe. It is approximately 3 miles from the gate at Highway 151 to the mesa top.
Seasonal falcon closure
Between March 1 and September 30, Peregrine Falcons nest on Companion Rock. During that time, a seasonal restriction limits use of the Pueblo Trail to Guided Tours provided by the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association under a special use permit with the San Juan National Forest. Between October 1 and April 30, visitors are welcome to access the Pueblo Trail on their own (see Animal restrictions below).
You may bring pets subject to the general restrictions which apply to National Forest lands. Pets should be under your control. Horses and pets are not permitted on the interpretive trails.
Beware of hazards
Natural hazards include high elevation, possibly causing altitude sickness. Even in winter, drink fluids to avoid dehydration. The Pueblo Trail navigates a narrow causeway with steep drop offs. Rain, ice and snow can make the dirt and rock trail slick. Native wildlife includes rattlesnakes, mountain lions, bears, and biting insects.
The Monument is open to hunting. Please take proper precautions.