DENVER (AP) — President Barack Obama‘s administration will create 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, officials confirmed Wednesday.

The move to preserve 4,726 acres of high desert at Chimney Rock, which holds spiritual significance for some tribes, will be announced Friday. The Denver Post first reported the decision, which was confirmed by Senator Michael Bennet‘s office.

The monument will be the third created by the Obama administration.

 

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