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.
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 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.
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.
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