Find Missing Chimney Rocks

Fans of Westerns might recognize the Chimney Rock near Ridgway from the classic John Wayne movie True Grit, whose climactic scene was filmed in the meadow below.

Joshua Hardin

In Colorado Life Magazine's July/August 2017, we told the tale of four far-flung summits and stone pillars in Colorado, each of which is known as Chimney Rock. To get directions to each Chimney Rock featured in the magazine, click one of these links for the ones near Pagosa Springs, Ridgway
Cortez and Larimer County. Just click “Directions,” plug in the address for your starting point, and you’re off.

While we featured just four rocks in July/August 2017, there are a total of nine Chimney rocks statewide. Perhaps you can help us track down the remaining five.

These other Chimney rocks are pretty obscure. When we consulted our extensive network of local contacts, no one had even heard of the Chimney rocks that our maps say are right in their neck of the woods. Our writers and photographers spend much of their time traveling the state, but some of these rocks are so off the beaten path that we've yet to travel there. (We're working on it.)

We hereby deputize you as amateur geological detectives to help us track down these missing Chimney rocks. Below you'll find a Chimney Rock list, with their locations, according the U.S. Geological Survey, plotted out on maps that appear if you click on the link.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to venture to these mysterious rocks, take a photo and send it to us at Make sure to include "CHIMNEY ROCK" in the subject line and a brief description of what you found there. We'll send a complimentary 1-year Colorado Life subscription to the first person to find each rock, and we’ll post the photos and your story online.

Please make sure to respect private property in your travels. Be safe. If you're going into the backcountry, take all appropriate precautions and let someone know where you'll be going. 

Happy travels, and good luck!


Mystery rocks:

CHIMNEY ROCK No. 5: Eagle County. MAP

CHIMNEY ROCK No. 6: Garfield County. MAP

CHIMNEY ROCK No. 7: Grand County. MAP

CHIMNEY ROCK No. 8: Park County. MAP

CHIMNEY ROCK No. 9: Saguache County. MAP




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