Obama creating new national monument in Colorado

DURANGO — President Barack Obama’s administration is creating a national monument at a dramatic rock formation in southwestern Colorado on a site that was home to the ancestors of modern Pueblo Indians 1,000 years ago.

The move to preserve nearly 5,000 acres of high desert at Chimney Rock, which holds spiritual significance for some tribes, is expected to be announced Friday.

Some small business owners in southwest Colorado have said such a designation for Chimney Rock would give people more reasons to visit the region.



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