The Great House is the biggest, highest, and best built structure in the area. Chimney Rock is believed to be the furthest northeast outlier of the Chacoan culture, and this structure is an example of Chacoan architecture. The distinctive Chacoan architecture displays finished stone surfaces laid in level courses with small chinks between the larger stones to keep the courses even. This type of construction is very different from the random rock placement of the Mesa Verde style construction of the lower Chimney Rock sites. Whoever built the Great House and why they took on such a task in such a formidable location may forever remain a compelling mystery.
The high mesa of Chimney Rock holds 16 individual sites, 14 of which are residential. Four of these sites have been excavated and stabilized and are visited on the tour. The sites visited are the Great Kiva and Pit House on The Great Kiva Trail and Ridge House and Great House Pueblo on the Pueblo Trail. Other sites have been excavated and studied, then reburied to protect them and the valuable information they hold.
This photo was taken at the Chimney Rock Archaeological Area and National Historic Site in the mountains of the San Juan National Forest of south-west Colorado.
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Greg1949 (9011) 2007-08-02 21:21
JC, what a site to behold, and your crisp colorful photo has now caused me to add this place to my must see list. Great note, TFS
crhieatt (5347) 2007-08-03 10:57
There are some fascinating structures in this area, and this is one one that I've not visited.
I think it's fair to say that apart from Mesa Verde, and maybe Canyon De Cheely, the majority are pretty difficult to photograph, in an interesting way at least; being relatively flat ruins.
Still, you've got a pretty good view of the ruin and surrounding area here, together with an informative note.