Chaco Culture National Historical Park Closing Selected Campsites for Safety Concerns
Nageezi, N.M. – Park management at Chaco Culture National Historical Park today are closing
selected park campsites after a study revealed that some of the sites fall within a defined rockfall
hazard zone. Most of the campsites that are slated for closure are in the park’s Gallo Campground. If
these sites have been reserved, visitors will receive a full refund within eight weeks. If a reservation is
cancelled, visitors will have the option of reserving one of the remaining open sites by visiting
recreation.gov or calling 1-877-444-6777.
Rockfall has been a hazard in Chaco Canyon for centuries. The ancient Chacoans even made efforts
to reduce the risk of potential rockfall damage at Pueblo Bonito. Their efforts prevailed until 1941
when the looming Threatening Rock collapsed and destroyed more than thirty rooms in the iconic
structure. Had the rooms been occupied, the inhabitants would have been crushed during this natural
As of 4/1/2021:
Regarding Covid Restrictions and the Gallo Campground, please read the following information carefully before planning your camping experience at Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
* There are no "First Come/First Serve" campsites offered until further notice.
* Campsite reservations can ONLY be made through www.recreation.gov.
* Campsites cannot be reserved the same day of arrival.
* Group campsites are CLOSED until further notice.
* All odd numbered sites are CLOSED until further notice due to COVID mitigations established by the park for camper safety.
Individual sites are $20/night. Senior and Access passes offer a discount for camping. Group sites are a flat rate of $60/night. Visit www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
Open All Year. Closed for Thanksgiving, December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st.
Gallo Campground, located one mile east of the Visitor Center, is open year-round. Tucked among 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 by reservation. Camping is limited to 14 days. Each campsite costs $20.00 per night. Interagency Senior and Access pass holders pay $10.00 per site, per night. There is a limit of six people, two tents, and two vehicles at each campsite. Check-out time is 11:00 AM.
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 and restrooms with flush toilets, but no showers or hook-ups. Site #11 and both restrooms are handicap accessible.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.
Most sites are open to RVs or tents. Car camping is allowed. There is a limit of six people, two tents, and two vehicles at each campsite.
Trailers and RVs over 35 feet in length cannot be accommodated. There are no hook-ups. A dump station is located in the campground. Generators may be operated one hour at a time between 8:00AM and 8:00PM. Sites 12-16 are for RV camping only.
Occasionally, the 48 regular sites and 2 group sites in Gallo Campground fill up. Usually, this occurs on Friday and Saturday afternoons, holiday weekends, and on other unpredicted days when many visitors and groups happen to converge. Alternate camping options can be found here
Gallo Campground Group Sites: ATTENTION! The group campsites are closed until further notice due to COVID restrictions.
Two group campsites are available, each accomodating 10 to 30 people and no more than 5 vehicles. Group stays are limited to seven days at a time. Group campground reservations must be made in advance by visiting www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. All groups making reservations must call and inform the Visitor Center of their stay (505-786-7014 ext 253). The cost for group camping is $60.00 per night. The group campsites are designed for tent camping and cannot accommodate RVs, pop-up trailers, etc. Picnic tables and a fire ring (with a grill) are provided at each site. Wood gathering is not permitted. Bring your own or purchase at the visitor center. There are restrooms with flush toilets, but no showers or hook-ups.