Chaco Campground Closed for Emergency Repairs
Contact: Visitor Center, (505) 786-7014 ext. 221
Contact: Russ Bodnar, (505) 786-7014 ext. 240
Chaco Culture National Historical Park has suspended all camping due to emergency repairs at the Gallo Campground to replace the septic system. Construction began on June 15, 2009, and is expected to continue throughout the summer until project completion. Visitors will need to make alternative arrangements for their Chaco visit and find another camping option. The park will continue to provide to updates on this closure, the expected project completion date, and the campground re-opening. Visit the park web site, www.nps.gov/chcu or call the park for updated information (505-786-7014 ext. 221). The park regrets this inconvenience. The nearest camping options in the park’s immediate area include:
Cactus Hill: 13 miles north of the park along CR 7950 (dirt road), local Navajo elders Mary J. Harrison and John Begay, invite campers to camp on their property. Camping is primitive ($5.00 per person, per night) and campers must be self contained (i.e. bring own food, water, and pack out all trash). Contact by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (505) 860-5412 (leave message).
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.
Outlier Campsites: The Outlier offers camping along with views of Mt. Taylor, a scenic trail, trash receptacles, portable toilet, and fire pits. Excursions also available (see pamphlet at site). Prices: $20.00 per camp site or $7.00 per person if more than 5 people. Located 21 miles south of park on Navajo Hwy 9; 2 miles east of Hwy 57 and Navajo 9 intersection. Watch for Outlier Camping signs on north side. For information, contact Steve Williams at (505) 655-3246 or email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Visit their web site at: www.blancotradingpost.com.
Lybrook Mercantile: A working trading post located near Mile Marker 103 on US Hwy 550, 34 miles from Chaco (on the way to Cuba & Albuquerque). Tent camping is $10.00 per night. There are 6 RV sites with hook-ups at $20.00 per night. There are no showers. Restrooms, laundry, gas, propane, groceries, and food service are available at the post during operating hours 8:00am to 6:00pm. Water is available for RVs.. Call (575)-568-4477 for more info. Closed on Sunday.
Angel Peak Scenic Area: A Scenic Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management is located 39 miles north of Chaco, off US 550 on CR 7175. Look for a turnoff just south of mile marker 137. A dirt road leads 6 miles to the primitive campground. Angel peak Campground has nine sites available for tent camping; each with picnic tables 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 leads to an overlook of the spectacular canyon. No electrical hookups or water are available. Contact BLM-Farmington Field Office at (505) 599-8900. Visit their web site at: http://www.nm.blm.gov/recreation/farmington/angel_peak_scenic_area.htm.
In addition to these sites, there are commercial campgrounds available in Cuba, Bloomfield, Farmington, Grants, and Gallup. National Park Service campgrounds are also located at Mesa Verde National Park, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, El Malpais & El Moro National Monument, and Bandelier National Park. Additionally, there are numerous public campgrounds in the region managed by the US Forest Service, Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation, and New Mexico State Parks.
Superintendent Barbara West thanks visitors for understanding our situation and helping the park by looking for alternative camping possibilities until the emergency repairs are completed. The park will continue to provide daily tours of Pueblo Bonito (10am and 2pm), Night Sky Programs on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings (8pm) and other special presentations, like the ongoing Guest Speaker Series. Rev 06-23-09
Did You Know?
During the Late Cretaceous time, Chaco Canyon was at the edge of a large inland sea. Today we can find fossil clam shells, shark teeth, ammonites, and burrows of shrimp-like animals in the canyon rocks.