In 2006, unusually heavy monsoon rains saturated the soil, causing several walls to collapse, and while emergency stabilization was completed, there was still an overwhelming amount of work that remained to be accomplished. Listed in 2008 and one of Colorado’s Most Endangered Places, and with efforts with the National Trust and the National Treasures program to get the site listed as a national monument in 2009, much has changed.
Friday, September 21st, President Barack Obama designated Chimney Rock as a national monument, a move that will help preserve 4,726 acres in southwestern Colorado. The land will be managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Forest Service, while at the same time the White House will be working with tribes in the area, and rangers will maintain grazing rights.
In other words, the designation of Chimney Rock as a national monument is a huge success, and a fantastic overall SAVE! This designation will not only be forward momentum towards the preservation of the site, but will provide a boost for the region by driving tourism.