Due to Covid-19, and to protect staff and visitors' health and safety,
Chaco Culture National Historical Park has temporarily closed the Visitor Center, Museum and Western National Parks Association Park Store to the public effective immediately.
Starting Sunday, March 22, the Gallo Campground will close, and will stay closed until further notice. Visitors will need to vacate Gallo Campground no later than 11:00 am on Sunday, March 22nd.
Loop Road will remain open from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, with the entrance gate to Loop Road closing at 4:30pm. All visitors must vacate Loop Road by 5:00pm.
All trails are self-guided, with park brochures and some information located outside the visitor center entrance.
All backcounty trails require a backcountry permit, which can be found at the entrance of each trailhead.
As a reminder, Chaco is surrounded by the Navajo Nation. In order to access the park visitors will be driving directly through their tribal lands, which requires face masks to be worn at public facilities and businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Please also keep in mind that the Navajo Nation has been under curfews nightly from 8pm-5am. The Navajo Nation has also had frequent weekend lockdowns which starts on Friday at 8pm through Monday at 5am and can include road blockades and citations by the Navajo Nation Law Enforcement.
We reccomend checking the status of the Navajo Nations curfews before visiting the park.
Information regarding the Navajo Nation and their current restrictions
can be found at https://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19
Fire Restrictions in Effect at Chaco Culture National Historic Park
Due to extreme fire danger officials will be implementing fire restrictions beginning Friday, June 19, 2020.
The following acts will be prohibited throughout Chaco Culture National Historic Park:
· Setting, building, maintaining, attending, or using fires of any kind, including wood and charcoal campfires within developed campgrounds or picnic areas, or permanently improved places of habitation. Stoves fueled by petroleum or Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) fuels are allowed.
· Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building or in parking lots or developed areas clear of vegetation.
· Possessing or using any kind of fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices (Prohibited at all times).
These fire restrictions will be enforced until rescinded by the Superintendent.For information concerning fire restrictions at Chaco Culture National Historic Park call (505) 786-7014.
To learn more about fire restrictions on other public lands in New Mexico visit https://nmfireinfo.com