Wildlife of Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock National Monument

Southwest Colorado and the Chimney Rock area have a rich abundance of wildlife. Animals live here and travel through the area on their annual migrations. Why do animals choose to use this area and what makes it so important to them? Several species of raptors nest in the Chimney Rock area. What species are these and where do they nest? Lynx once roamed the surrounding wilderness. Can you still find lynx in Colorado and if so, why or why not? The last grizzly bears in Colorado were killed within sight of Chimney Rock. The last grizzly succumbed in a battle of life and death between one man and the bear. What happened, and was she indeed the last? If these questions arouse a desire to learn more, join us on this 1.5-hour tour. Stories will be recounted that provide answers to these questions and other narratives of wildlife explored. We'll travel through some of these animals' habitats and learn more about what animals need to survive. Bring binoculars in the event that we're lucky enough to see some of these fascinating creatures! The tour requires negotiation of a steep, rough trail with exposure to heights and drop-offs.

Check in at the entry gate 7:45 – 8:00 AM; program begins at 8:00 AM.
Guests must enter the Hwy 151 entry gate during the check-in period; gate will be locked at the end of this time.

This is a reservations-only program. Tickets are $16.00 for adults and $8.00 for children 5-12, and are considered a non-refundable donation. In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather, rain checks will be available. For details, please call the Visitor Cabin (970-883-5359) 9:00 – 4:00 Mountain Time.A booking fee applies to each ticket purchased online or through the call center. Making a reservation through the call center or website is the only way to guarantee a spot on this tour. Most programs are at full capacity prior to the event but we will accommodate walk-ins if space is available. Booking fees do not apply to walk-ins.

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