Chimney Rock Considered For National Monument

PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Dozens of people are telling members of Congress their thoughts on a proposal to designate the Chimney Rock archaeological area as a national monument.

The office of Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado says about 120 people attended a listening session Friday in Pagosa Springs to give their thoughts to Bennet, Rep. Scott Tipton of Colorado, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Harris Sherman and others. Bennet says many at the listening session support the proposal.

Chimney Rock lies on 4,100 acres of the San Juan National Forest and is surrounded by the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Ancestors of modern Pueblo Indians lived there 1,000 years ago.

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