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Chimney Rock
Jackson Butte
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Southwest aspect
Highest point
Elevation 6,110 ft (1,860 m)
Prominence 690 ft (210 m)
Isolation 3.71 mi (5.97 km)
Parent peak West Ute Mesa (7,088 ft)
Chimney Rock is located in Colorado
Chimney Rock
Chimney Rock
Location in Colorado
Chimney Rock is located in the United States
Chimney Rock
Chimney Rock
Location in the United States
Location Montezuma County, Colorado, U.S.
Parent range Colorado Plateau
Topo map USGS Tanner Mesa
Age of rock Cretaceous
Type of rock Point Lookout Sandstone
Easiest route class 5.x climbing

Chimney Rock is an 6,110-foot (1,860 meter) elevation pillar located within the Ute Mountain Tribal Park, in Montezuma County of southwest Colorado. This landmark is situated one mile southeast of the junction of U.S. Route 491 and US 160, and towers 900 feet above the floor of the Mancos River Valley. This geographical feature is also known as Jackson Butte, named for William Henry Jackson (1843–1942), photographer and explorer famous for his images of the American West who visited this area during the Hayden Survey. He was the first to photograph the cliff dwellings in this Mesa Verde region of the Four Corners area.


Chimney Rock is located on the Colorado Plateau, and is composed of Cretaceous Point Lookout Sandstone, which is the oldest of the three formations that make up the Mesaverde Group which is common to the Mesa Verde region. The cliff-forming Point Lookout Sandstone overlays a pedestal of softer, slope-forming Mancos Shale. Precipitation runoff from this feature drains into the Mancos River watershed.


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