Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Camping

Campgrounds

Gallo Campground:

Open

Open All Year.

Note: Due to emergency repairs campsites will be reduced to 35 sites total! Please have alternative plans if the campground is full. During this period we will be unable to accommodate groups.

Details
Gallo Campground, located one mile east of the Visitor Center, is open year-round. Tucked amongst the fallen boulders and cliffs of Gallo Wash, the campground offers camping in a rugged environment, surrounded by petroglyphs, a cliff dwelling, inscriptions, and a high desert landscape. There is no shade. The campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Camping is limited to 7 days. Trailers and RVs over 35 feet in length can not be accommodated. A dump station is located in the campground. Each campsite costs $10.00 per night. Interagency Senior passholders pay $5.00 per site, per night. There is a limit of six people, two tents, and two vehicles at each campsite. Each site has a picnic table and fire grate (with a grill). Bring your own firewood or charcoal. Gathering wood is prohibited and no firewood is available in the park. Most sites include a tent pad. Pets are permitted, but must be kept on a leash at all times. Do not approach or feed the wildlife. The campground has water (non-potable) and restrooms with flush toilets. Site #16 and both restrooms are handicap accessible. There are no showers or hook-ups. Drinking water is available 24 hours a day in the Visitor Center parking area, where telephones are located as well. There is no gasoline, auto repair, food, or ice available in the park. To make the most of your visit, please plan ahead and come prepared.

Gallo Campground Group Sites:

Temporarily Closed

The Gallo Campground group sites are closed for emergency repairs until further notice. We are very sorry for the inconvienence.

Details
Two group campsites (10 to 30 people in each) will be open in the future. The maximum capacity of the group campground is 60 people. Group campground reservations must be made in advance by calling the park at (505) 786-7014 ext. 221. The cost for group camping is $2.00 per person, per night with a minimum fee of $25.00. Campers with Interagency Senior or Access passes pay $1.00 per person, per night. The group campsites are designed for tent camping, and can not accommodate RVs, pop-up trailers, etc. There is sufficient parking for 4-5 vehicles in each group site. Picnic tables and a fire ring (with a grill) are provided at each site. There are restrooms with flush toilets, but no showers or hook-ups. Firewood and charcoal are not available in the park, so bring your own. Wood gathering is not permitted. Drinking water is available at the Visitor Center parking area. When you arrive, your group will be assigned to a site in the group area. The area in the group campground will be reserved for your group until 5:00 p.m. on the date of your time planned arrival. Please call the park if you will arrive late. Cancellation or changes to your reservation ust be made at least 2 weeks in advance, otherwise your reserved site will be open to other campers after 5:00 p.m.

Group Campsite

Reserving a Group Campsite

You must make separate arrangements for Group Campground Reservations and for Educational Fee Waivers.

The two group camping sites (10 to 30 people in each) are temporarily closed. The maximum capacity of the group campground is 60 people. Group campground reservations must be made in advance by calling the park at (505) 786-7014 ext. 221. The cost for group camping is $2.00 per person, per night with a minimum fee of $25.00.

The group campsites are designed for tent camping, and can not accommodate RVs, pop-up trailers, etc. There is sufficient parking for 4-5 vehicles in each group site. Picnic tables and a fire ring (with a grill) is provided at each site. There are restrooms in the campground with flush toilets. However, there are no showers. Firewood and charcoal are not available in the park, so bring your own. Wood gathering is not permitted. Drinking water is available at the Visitor Center.

Upon your arrival and before setting up camp, please check in at the visitor center or with the campground host. You will be directed to the site reserved for your group. You must stay in the assigned site. The visitor center is open daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm year round.

The group leader must pay the group camping fee. at the visitor center. Payment in the form of cash, check or credit card is accepted.

Your reservation will be held until 5:00pm on the day of your scheduled arrival. If your group will arrive late, please call (505) 786-7014 ext. 221 before 5:00pm. If you do not call by 5:00pm, your site(s) will be reassigned to others. Cancellation or changes to your reservation must be made at least 2 weeks in advance.

 

Camping Restrictions

Chaco's Camping Will Be Extremely Limited Until Further Notice

Camping at Chaco Culture National Historical Park will be severely limited until further notice. The Gallo Campground septic system needs to be replaced. The park is working on emergency repairs, and will construct a small lift station system to safely move sewage to the park's main wastewater treatment system. Until the new lift station is installed, the park has suspended all group camping and reduced the number of regular camp sites from 49 to 35. Campground capacity will be reduced to no more than 100 people per day, which will allow the park to safely maintain public health while providing reduced camping for visitors. Groups visiting Chaco will need to make alternative arrangements for camping, and regular campers are encouraged to have other camping options in the event the campground is full. The park regrets this inconvenience.

The nearest camping options in the park's immediate area include:

Ruby Ranch: A working cattle ranch 16 miles south of the park on Hwy 57 (rough dirt road) invites individuals and groups to camp at their ranch. There is unlimited camping ($5.00 per person/per night) at the ranch. Camping is primitive and campers will need to be self contained (i.e., bring their own food and water, pack out all trash and properly dispose of human waste). The ranch can accommodate large groups. Large groups may need to make arrangements to rent portable toilets through local vendors. Call Mickey or Amy Williams at (505) 979 0614 for further details.

Blanco Trading Post: A working trading post located at 12341 S. Hwy 550, 29 miles north of Chaco off US 550. Fourth generation traders Justin and Savannah Higgins invite individuals and groups to camp adjacent to their trading post ($5.00 per person/per night). Group rates are available. Restrooms and food service are available at the post during operating hours 6:30am to 9:00pm (summer). Water is available. Call (505)-632-1219 or e-mail: [email protected] for more info. Visit their web site at: www.blancotradingpost.com.

Angel Peak Scenic Area: A Scenic Area managed by Bureau of Land Managementis located 39 miles north of Chaco, off US 550 on CR 7175. Look for a turnoff just south of mile marker137. A dirt road leads 6 miles to the primitive campground. Angel Peak Campground has nine sites available for tent camping; each with picnic tables on a concrete underfoot, gravel pathways, and fire grates. Picnic shelters are located at three campsites; two with single shelters and one with a double shelter suitable for larger groups. Two accessible vault toilets and trash receptacles are conveniently located in the campground. A short nature trail winds among the plants that have found a niche along the desolate rim and leads to an overlook of the canyon where a bench is provided