Gallo Campground Chaco National Historic Monument | Established Campground

United States


20 days ago
1884.0 masl


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Small campground inside park. $20 pay at the visitorcenter.
Roads out of park are difficult and could be more difficult when wet.


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The quietest cg! It is a dark sky sanctuary so the night sky is spectacular! Stay dark, stay quiet, and enjoy this escape from modern conveniences.

11/15: one restroom is closed, water is turned off everywhere (except in bathroom) but there is a utility sink in the open restroom (if the door is unlocked) for filling up bottles and jugs, NOT tanks. Pets are welcome on all trails but not near the archeo sites. Take more H2O than you think you will need. Trust me on this one. 10C degrees is hot in a desert.

The canyon is magnificent! Get out and do some hiking/riding. I would recommend 2 nights here to explore since you made a serious commitment to get here on that rugged camino. See you down the road! Cubbyvanlife

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A beautiful spot for a night or explore the area!

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We got here around 2pm on Friday afternoon and went straight to the visitor center. I would recommend giving yourself a full day to explore the loop just a mile west of the campground. If you enter Chaco from the north road be weary there are a few wash outs but in my stock jeep wrangler we made it through just fine. Very nice staff at the visitor center! 20$ a night to camp and $25 for an 7 day entrance fee if you don’t have a National park pass! We ended up upgrading our $25 entrance fee to the National park pass for only $55! It was definitely worth it to see the historic Chaco dwellings! A wonderful night even in the beginning of February! Our dog had a great time! Dog friendly on the back country hikes and at the campsite!

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stayed here for 2 nights while exploring the great chaco canyon. there really isn’t a better national park campground! there are ruins and petroglyphs within a few steps of the campsites and amazing views all around.

there’s an rv dump station, public restrooms, fire pits, and a potable water faucet.

i visited in the winter and there were only 2 other campers- rare for a national park!

$20 per night or $10 with a national parks pass. no cell service but you can go back 1-2 miles on the dirt road for it.

made that crazy dirt road in my 22 foot motorhome so you can too! just be careful

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As described by others. Definitely check before coming out here because once you get here, service is hard to come by. The campground was full the first night we were here so we stayed at the boondocks spot off of the south road into the park. There is enough signal there (with our booster) that we were able to book a site for the next night. We got the last site available. Really a special place, worth the washboard roads coming in.

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If you are wondering if it's worth the "terrible drive", it is ! because the drive is just fine..... At least the north road is. It's 20.5 miles, of which 7.9 is paved, 8.2 is a very nice gravel road, and only the last 4.4 is bumpy, with 3 small washes to go through very slowly, but nothing my low clearance Toyota Sienna couldn't handle... no potholes, really nothing to worry about. Took me 35 minutes... I had called the visitor center to ask about the road condition and they told me it was "very rough and would take me at least an hour". Maybe if it was raining!
There is a South road that isn't used much and I was told that since August only 4WD and high clearance could do it.

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arrived after bumpy, potholes very bad rd. after leaving hw550 . Took us more than 1 hour to cover 21
miles. Campgroundsign said full, but we were lucky to get the last free (tent) spot. Terry, the nicest camphost we ever met, helped us out. Paid 20$ at the visitorcenter. Such a beautiful and spiritual place. Found out that you can reserve a camp spot. Better do it, for it fills up really quick

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Check the little free library box at the campground for trail guides before buying any at the park store. I left all mine there. The Pueblo Bonita one, at least, is def worth buying though.

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Popular spot now, full every night in spring. Campsites are $20, reserve online at No reservation fee tho! $10 with federal age/access pass.

Roads here are ROUGH. Very washboarded, some big bumps. RIP my shocks. Bring everything you'll need - there are no shops nearby, they don't even sell snacks at the gift shop.

Campground is small, sites are close, little privacy, no shade. BUT if you are visiting Chaco def stay because otherwise it's a long bumpy road for a day trip. Also there's a small cliff dwelling right near/in campground. The voices echoing off the cliff could sound the same as 1000 years ago. Great stars.

Pay attention to size limits for campground sites. Most will truly not fit a decent sized trailer and a truck, nor a Class A. Lots of vans and Casitas here.

Potable water but they ask you not to fill up tanks because they are very limited in water supply.

Basically no cell service on Verizon inside park. Sometimes enough to text at Visitor Center.

Clean flush toilets! Luxury!

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The 20 mile gravel road is incredibly tedious if you don’t have four wheel drive/high clearance, I was in a Toyota Sienna and made it to the campground after nearly an hour of ruts and potholes going incredibly slow for the sake of my van. But camping at Chaco is incredibly worth it, the night sky is amazing here on a clear night (saw the Milky Way when I went) and the trails and canyon itself are breathtaking. Definitely make a reservation online tho, it’s only $20 a night

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Gravel roald is well maintained until you reach the cattle guard (about 2 miles before the campground). In dry conditions it's fine, just severely rutted and washboarded. Saw a Hybrid Ford Fusion make it without shaking itself apart. However, if the road is soaked/currently wet conditions will decrease drastically. Campground is great but just note that when weather is good sites fill up fast. Currently it is first come first serve but in previous years you were able to reserve spots. Definitely call ahead before committing to the drive.

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Nice little campground. Lots of spots available. In early March, there were just three other people in the whole campground. Toilets, picnic tables. Worth visiting for $15/night. :)

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Small campground inside park. $15.
Roads in/out of park could be difficult when wet.

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Coming in from the north, the road in was a pretty long gravel road, a bit rough in spots, but doable by any normal vehicle as long as you go slow. Might be different if it was wet! But it's all so worthwhile when you get to Chaco Canyon, a totally amazing place.

The campground has flush toilets, garbage cans, picnic tables. There's drinking water available at the visitor center. The ruins are outstanding, and take the time to do some of the hikes if you can too, like the one up on the mesa overlooking Pueblo Bonito.

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