Chaco Culture

National Historical Park

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Chaco Culture National Historical Park has no accommodations or services. Overnight accommodations are available in Farmington, To make the most of your visit, plan ahead and come prepared. For more information on lodging Click Here for rates, availability and reservation online.

To the northeast, the nearest services and amenities are located on State Highway 44 at the Thriftway convenience store. Drinking water is available 24 hours a day in the Visitor Center parking area. The campground has water (non-potable) and restrooms with flush toilets. There are no showers.


The NPS-operated Gallo Campground, located one mile east of the visitor center, is open all year. The 48 sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are accepted for the camp sites. From April to October the campground frequently fills by 3:00 pm.

Camping is limited to seven days. Water is only available at the visitor center. If you plan to camp in the winter, prepare for nighttime temperatures to drop into the teens or lower. The cost is $10 per site, per night. Golden Age and Golden Access cardholders pay $5 per site, per night.

Each site has a picnic table and fire grate. Bring your own firewood or charcoal, for gathering wood in Chaco is prohibited. Most sites include a tent pad, and tents must be placed on pads when they are available. There is a limit of two cars and 5 people per site, and no more than two tents per site. Trailers over 30 feet cannot be accommodated.

Group Camping

Group camping facilities are available for groups of 10 or more people. The maximum capacity of the group campground is 60 people. Group campground reservations must be made in advance by calling the park at 505-786-7014. The cost for group camping is $4 per person, per night with a minimum fee of $40. Upon arrival at the park, stop at the Visitor Center before setting up camp. The visitor center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day, and throughout the rest of the year 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Use of the group campground by any group is not exclusive. One or more groups can be accommodated in the area, up to a maximum capacity of 60 campers. When you arrive, your group will be assigned to a section of the group area. The area in the group campground will be reserved for your group until 5:00 pm on the date of your time planned arrival. Please call the park if you cannot arrive by that time or if you need to change or cancel your reservations. Unless you notify the park ahead of time, your reserved sites will be opened to other campers after 5:00 pm.



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