Chimney Rock has been a spiritually, ecologically, and culturally significant site for more than 1,000 years. Ancestral Pueblo Indians built more than 200 homes and buildings on the steep slopes below its twin rock spires, and the site remains of great importance to modern Pueblo Indians. Chimney Rock was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, and it attracts thousands of visitors and students annually, yet it lacks protection and adequate funding for upkeep.
UPDATE: President Obama has designated Chimney Rock as a national monument! The designation provides permanent support for and protection of its sites and resources—ensuring for the first time that the houses, ceremonial sites and other Ancestral Puebloan archeological sites that cover the area have clear protections. Please thank President Obama for preserving this important place.