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Chimney Rock headed for the big time

With monument status, annual tourism could double in 5 years

Chimney Rock headed for the big time

SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald



The twin spires of Chimney Rock Archaeological Area as seen from the vicinity of the Great Pueblo. The area is expected to receive national monument status through an executive order from the president.
SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald



The Great House complex within Chimney Rock Archaeological Area overlooks the Piedra Valley looking southwest. The structure has been largely reconstructed but lacks the tapered roofs that sheltered earlier inhabitants.
SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald



“It’s all about connections for the visitors,” said Shelleah Conitchan, day manager of Chimney Rock Archaeological Area. Conitchan hopes a potential tourism increase doesn’t jeopardize the site’s intimate atmosphere.
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