Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Chimney Rock: America’s Newest National Monument

Chimney Rock
Photo courtesy of CEC

During President Obama’s visit to Golden earlier this month, young climbers and outdoor enthusiasts representing the Colorado Mountain Club gathered at our downtown headquarters to urge the President to protect our outdoor heritage here in Colorado and across the West.

Last week, the President responded to our call by designating Chimney Rock, a unique cultural landscape in the San Juan National Forest, as the country’s newest National Monument. 

Chimney Rock, an area that is sacred to local Native American tribes, is an irreplaceable piece of the area's cultural heritage, as well as a popular destination for hikers and tourists.

This announcement is a major win-win for the local economy and the tourism and outdoor industries in Colorado.   According to a recent economic study by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, designation of Chimney Rock as a national monument double the area's impact on the region within five years, adding as much as $1.2 million in new tourism dollars. 

Chimney Rock National Monument is supported by a broad coalition of local organizations, businesses, and politicians from both sides of the aisle.

Scott Braden
Conservation Director 

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