There are no developed sites managed by BLM in this area. Some dispersed recreation, mainly hiking and hunting, occurs where public access is available.
Chimney Rock is a San Juan National Forest Archaeological Area located in Colorado between Durango and Pagosa Springs and managed for archaeological protection, public interpretation, and education. Its care, protection, and preservation are shared by the Pagosa Ranger District, USDA Forest Service and the public, who contribute through tour fees, donations, and purchase of items from the Chimney Rock Visitor’s Center. Designated an Archaeological
Area and National Historic Site in 1970, Chimney Rock lies on 4,100 acres of San Juan National Forest land surrounded by the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. The site was home to the ancestors of the modern Pueblo Indians 1,000 years ago and is of great spiritual significance to these tribes. Their ancestors built over 200 homes and ceremonial buildings high above the valley floor, probably to be near the sacred twin rock pinnacles. Of the hundreds of individual sites dotting the landscape, researchers have thus far found 91 structures that may have been permanent structures, plus 27 work camps near farming areas, adding up to more than 200 individual rooms.
Most of the habitat is in lower elevations, supporting wildlife associated with ponderosa pine, oak, and pinon juniper. Big game use the area for migration and winter pasture.
There are 14 BLM cattle allotments managed by the Pagosa Field Office. Range conservationists work with 14 permittees responsible for these BLM allotments.
Some potential for fluid minerals may exists, but there are no current minerals activities on BLM lands.