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May 20, 2010 8:34 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Colorado's Chimney Rock pushed as national monument

Members of Colorado's congressional delegation are supporting a bill that would make the Chimney Rock Archaeological Area in southwest Colorado a national monument.

The U.S. Senate's National Parks Subcommittee held a hearing on the bill Wednesday. Sen. Michael Bennet and U.S. Rep. John Salazar, both Colorado Democrats, are sponsoring legislation to designate 4,726 acres around the site near Pagosa Springs as a monument.

Colorado Democrat Mark Udall presided over Tuesday's hearing. He says the bill would protect the area used by the Chacoan society, ancestors of the Pueblo Indians.

Chimney Rock is best known for its two asymmetrical rock spires where the full moon rises as seen from some of the ruins on a regular cycle of 18.6 years.

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