Alerts & Conditions

Alerts

Holiday Park Closure: The entire park will be closed on both the Christmas & New Years Holidays. Please read the following information carefully.

Christmas Closure:

On Christmas Day, which is Saturday, December 25th, 2021, the entire park including the visitor center, loop road, and Gallo Campground will be closed.

The Gallo campground will close the night before on Friday, December 24th and will reopen on Sunday, December 26th, 2021. There will be no camping permitted during this time.

The visitor center will also be closed on Christmas Day, which is Saturday, December 25th, 2021 at 5:00 pm. It will reopen again on Sunday, December 26th at 9:00 am.

Loop road, where most of the great houses are located, will close at 4:30 pm on Friday, December 24th, and reopen again on Sunday, December 26th at 7:00 am.
We will return to regular hours starting Sunday, November 26th, 2021.

New Years Day Closure:
On New Years Day, which is Saturday, Januray 1st, 2021, the entire park including the visitor center, loop road, and Gallo Campground will be closed.

The Gallo campground will close the night before on Friday, December 31st and will reopen on Sunday, January 2nd, 2022. There will be no camping permitted during this time.

The visitor center will also be closed on New Years Day, which is Saturday, January 1st, 2022. It will reopen again on Sunday, January 2nd, 2022 at 9:00 am.

Loop road, where most of the great houses are located, will close at 4:30 pm on Friday, December 31st, and reopen again on Sunday, January 2nd, 2022 at 7:00 am.
We will return to regular hours on Sunday, January 2nd, 2022.


There are no ranger-guided programs, evening-programs, or dark-sky programs until further notice.


The south road entrance (Road 57):
The south road entrance includes 20 miles of unpaved road. It can become impassable if it is wet. Travel at your own risk.

The north road entrance (Road 7950):
The north road entrance includes 13 miles of unpaved road. The last 4 miles into the park can become impassable if it is wet.


As of November 1st, 2021:
Loop Road will remain open from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
, with the entrance gate to Loop Road closing 30 minutes prior to closing, which is at 4:30pm.
All visitors must vacate Loop Road by 5:00pm.
All trails are self-guided.
All backcounty trails require a backcountry permit, which can be found at the entrance of each trailhead.

The visitor center exhibits along with the park film and museum are also now fully open.


The WNPA Store is open seven days a week from 9:00am-5:00pm.


The Gallo Campground is now open at 100% capacity. We reccomend making a reservation on Recreation.gov to ensure a camping or rv space on the dates you plan to visit.
All unreserved campsites will become a "First Come, First Save" basis after 11:00 am.

The group campsites are now available for reservations, but the group leader must check-in at the visitor center to complete the required paperwork before setting up camp.

There are no guided tours or evening programs offered until further notice.


Fire Restrictions in Effect at Chaco Culture National Historic Park:
Fires are permitted in designated fire areas only within the Gallo Campground.

All wood must be brought into the park. There is no gathering wood in the park.

Last updated: December 29, 2021

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PO Box 220
Nageezi , NM 87037

Phone:

505 786-7014

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