Pagosa Springs, Colo. (PRWEB) October 16, 2012
Pagosa Springs in Southwest Colorado is the best place to stay for vacationers who want to experience the United State’s newest national monument, Chimney Rock. President Barrack Obama announced the decision to designate Chimney Rock a national monument in late September, elevating its importance and offering permanent protection for this cultural landmark.
Those looking to get a jump on next year’s summer vacation planning should consider Chimney Rock National Monument, according to Jennifer Green, Town of Pagosa Springs Tourism Director. “Chimney Rock – with its spiritual and historical resources – is one of the cultural treasures of southwest Colorado and the country at large,” says Green. “This designation raises the awareness of this incredible place, and we are anxious to share it with even more visitors than ever before.”
Chimney Rock National Monument – which is open mid-May through September – is located 20 miles west of Pagosa Springs on Highway 151 inside the San Juan National Forest. It is surrounded by the Southern Ute Indian Reservation and was home to the ancestors of the modern Pueblo Indians 1,000 years ago. The Puebloans built more than 200 homes and ceremonial buildings high above the valley floor, likely, experts say, to be near the sacred twin rock pinnacles.
Here are the five best ways to experience Chimney Rock National Monument next summer. When visiting, wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, and bring water, sunscreen and a camera.
About Chimney Rock National Monument
Chimney Rock National Monument sits on 4,726 acres of the San Juan National Forest and is bordered by the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. The site was once home to the ancestors of the modern Pueblo Indians. Roughly 1,000 years ago the Ancestral Pueblo People built more than 200 homes and ceremonial buildings high above the valley floor. Chimney Rock has 118 known archaeological sites. The dramatic geology of the monument stands in stark contracts to the majestic Ponderosa Pine forest and rolling savannah-like plains along the valley floor, combining to create a sweeping landscape. The Piedra River cuts along the edge of Peterson Mesa in the northern portion of the monument. Steep cliffs and expanses of exposed sandstone and shale are evidence of the violence of geologic time.
About Pagosa Springs
Pagosa Springs is located in the Colorado Sunbelt along the western slope of the Continental Divide in southwest Colorado. Pagosa is home to the world’s deepest geothermal hot springs aquifer, as recognized by the Guinness World Records, which provides R&R for weary travelers and also heats many downtown buildings and sidewalks. Nestled in the three-million acres of the Weminuche Wilderness and the San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Springs is one of Colorado’s most natural escapes. Visitors will find a variety of outdoor activities to participate in including biking, skiing, rock climbing, and horseback riding. Recently, Pagosa Springs was included in National Geographic Adventure magazine’s “50 Best Places to Live and Play NOW: The Next Great Adventure Towns edition.” To explore what Pagosa Springs has to offer visit http://www.visitpagosasprings.com.
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