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Old 09-13-2013, 05:01 PM   #1
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Chaco Canyon Boondock

A long anticipated trip to Chaco Canyon was recently realized. The quietness and isolation of Chaco Canyon proved to be a great place for self reflection and focused study of an amazing culture that peaked over 800 years ago.

Primitive camping with no hookups is available at Gallo Campground, located one mile east of the Visitor Center. The campground is situated 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. Potable water and a dump station is located near the visitor center

The campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Camping is limited to 14 days. Each campsite costs $10.00 per night. Interagency Senior pass holders pay $5.00 per site, per night.






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It's a beautiful spot. I haven't camped there but I have visited it a couple times.
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How late in the year is this site open and accessible for use?
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How late in the year is this site open and accessible for use?
Campground is open year round. Weather forecasts available at:

NOAA National Weather Service
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It's one of the foremost archaeological sites in the area. So much history. I only wish our Discovery 36J could make it into the camp sites. The road to Chaco is pretty uneven in places. Chaco is one of the greatest experiences there is if you're interested in the ancient history of this area.
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It's one of the foremost archaeological sites in the area. So much history. I only wish our Discovery 36J could make it into the camp sites. The road to Chaco is pretty uneven in places. Chaco is one of the greatest experiences there is if you're interested in the ancient history of this area.
Colonel Joe, before existing the Park I inquired about the road South. At that time the Ranger behind the desk said all roads leading to the park could be accessed by any vehicle. I know that I hit an exceptionally good time for the roads during my visit. Safe Travels.
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Colonel Joe, before existing the Park I inquired about the road South. At that time the Ranger behind the desk said all roads leading to the park could be accessed by any vehicle. I know that I hit an exceptionally good time for the roads during my visit. Safe Travels.
Thanks for the insight! I'll check before we head that direction. The "rough road" point I recall was going through/across a river bed. At that time, there was a rather steep breakover angle that would have caused a high center with the Discovery. The southern road to the park may be the better choice. I appreciate the information!

Here's a slideshow of some of the pictures we took when visiting Chaco a few years ago, if you're interested:

http://wd0m.com/photos/chacocanyon/
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