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Chinle, Arizona

Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Cottonwood Campground

Chinle, Arizona


Chinle, Arizona 86503
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Latitude: 36.148548792276
Longitude: -109.53937232495

Elevation: 5530' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers no
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) no
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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54 Reviews

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Cash only. No credit cards or checks. Easy access to Canyon de Chelly. Lovely location. Signage to find campground poor. Follow signs for Thunderbird Lodge. Turn just before Thunderbird Lodge. We camped in a 36' motor home. No OTA tv. Good AT&T, fair Verizon. We camped at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Cottonwood Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
35
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

I liked it here, it was safe and quiet. Cash only. Lots of burrs on the ground and it would be nice if they cut back and raked the weeds. Good value. Water and dump station available We camped at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Cottonwood Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is an office near the kiosk for change.

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Review Count: 54
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

We loved this park. It was convenient to touring Canyon de Chelly. It was so quiet at night we could hear the owls. The sites were paved, level with lots of separation. The park was very empty this time of year. Given the proximity to the park, we thought it was a great value. Our Hopi guide picked us up at out site so we did not have to drive to the business location. We camped at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Cottonwood Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
51
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are many different types of tours are available right at the park: Jeep, Suburban, horseback, and hiking. Nearby is Hubble Trading Post (30 miles south of the park). There are no hookups but the trade off is that this location is less expensive and quiet.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This was a very nice spot to stay to visit Canyon de Chelly. This campground is on the Navajo reservation and offers NO hookups. Cash only. It is shaded and well laid out. Some bathrooms and water are turned off during winter so check your dates and make sure to have your water tank full. We were there at the end of March and some were still closed. Actually it snowed lightly on March 31st. Many sites are short, but we were able to find spot for our 40' motorhome. We camped at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Cottonwood Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
49--Loop 2
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Get a jeep tour of Canyon de Chelly--awesome! Navajo guides are wonderful. We chose Beauty Way Jeep Tours and were very pleased!

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Review Count: 160
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 56

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an attractive campground with paved, level sites with lots of separation between most of them. Some sites have shade, some are open. Didn't use the restrooms so can't comment. What I DIDN'T like was being ripped off for $14 for no hookups in a "National" park that does not honor the Senior Pass. We've been to many NFS and NP/NM sites that are just as nice for a lot less. Also don't even think about walking off the pavement. The entire place is covered with stickers. The poor dog got a foot full of them after three steps and even I got a couple in my sandals. All that said, this is the only camping in the area that I know of except a place on the park road that looked like a toxic waste dump. I'd try to plan better next time and allow enough time to go to a NFS site or an RV park where you at least get hookups for your money. We camped at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Cottonwood Campground in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Canyon de Chelly is spectacular. A "grand" canyon without having to fight mobs of people.

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Review Count: 65
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is dry camping operated by the Navajo Nation and not by the National Park Service. They do not honor NPS Golden Eagle/Age Passports. Paved roads and sites. Not overly secure as witnessed by the many warning signs to store valuables out of sight and to lock your vehicle, but had no problems the day I was here. Similar signs are posted through out Canyon de Chelly National Park, which is directly connected. We camped at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Cottonwood Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Canyon de Chelly NM is directly connected to this campground and is worth visiting. The NM is connected via several short paved spurs off a road which runs through the Navajo Nation.

Just my thoughts but I did not feel secure in this NM since the turnouts were populated with locals whom I did not trust. All were with 4X4 vehicles and all were backed into the parking spaces.

NPS signs telling visitors to place all valuables out of sight and to lock your vehicle, was not reassuring to me.

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Review Count: 107
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 31

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

A simple, pleasant place close to the Canyon de Chelly views, this clean, neat campground is a great value. Be careful approaching, as there is no clear signage and our GPS sent us on a 3 mile goose chase; take the turn toward Thunderbird lodge. The park is mostly shaded by tall trees with paved access roads and sites, all quite level. We had one of the pull-thru sites which was very adequate for our 37' MH and toad (disconnected). There were no hookups, but the dump station was convenient and clean. There was no WiFi, with Verizon we didn't get any data service in the area, and connectivity was spotty at best even at local restaurants that offered WiFi. We didn't use the bathrooms, and there was no laundry available. Even with the limited amenities, we thought this was a good value at such a low price. We camped at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Cottonwood Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 130
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

We changed our route when we realized we were so near and stopped here today. Our site, 31 faces out on an unopened Section 3. It's quiet. Generators can be used, as needed, except from 6:00AM and 8:30PM, Quiet Time. The campground has NO water, for some reason. April 1 is the official opening day, but it didn't happen as we would like. Luckily we have enough water for three days. Leaves are all over the place, but it's quiet. Goat's head thorns abound and stick on the soles of some sandals. Be aware! The Canyon is magnificent! We camped at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Cottonwood Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 31
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Dump Station is in Loop 2, Site 21. No water to clean up with. No potable water available yet, as of April 3, 2016. Staff very friendly...

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Review Count: 139
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 24

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a no-hookup campground with paved sites, and within walking distance of the museum/visitor's center. The sites are located among large cottonwood trees, so most are well-shaded, and it's cooler here than you would expect because of the shade. If you take one of the tours through the canyon, you will be picked up in the campground and returned to your campsite. I would definitely stay here again. We camped at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Cottonwood Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

I highly recommend one of the jeep tours through the canyon. You'll see the ruins and petroglyphs up close that you would otherwise see only from a great distance along the rim drives.

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Review Count: 321
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 79

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is the campground to stay for visiting Canyon de Chelly. It has a very pleasant feel and seems to be well kept up. The sites are nicely spaced. There is a dump station and water fill. We had reasonably good Verizon voice and data (3G) on extended network. If you want satellite, you will need to choose your site carefully as there are a number of cottonwood trees. There are a number of signs warning about protecting your valuables from theft, but we did not have any problem. There are also signs stating no vendors, but we did have a couple of folks come by and try to sell us items. When we declined to purchase, they readily moved on. We did hear some barking dogs in the distance but it was not a problem. The campground was relatively quiet at night. We camped at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Cottonwood Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
29
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

A tour into the Canyon is a must if you are going to really experience Canyon de Chelly. Just gazing from the rim does not do it justice. There is a fairly good Basha's food store in Chinle.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Been coming here 20 years...I remember the days of free camping and The historic Thunderbird Lodge. Stayed 5 days this trip. All 3 loops open but very few campers (<10/night). Quiet except for local roaming dogs. Trenches not drained thus a mosquito farm is out of control. Could not sit outside in daytime or night. Asked about clearing debris to reduce standing water and let it flow to river, Park Ranger said it wasn't something they "dealt with". With more rain forecasted, this problem will be here for awhile. Too many bullheads in grass to walk dogs off the hot pavement. Overhead branches not trimmed and lost hatch cover from scraping. Weeds hip-high around many sites. Beautiful setting, just lacking care and maintenance. Functional dump site is a plus. We camped at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Cottonwood Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
Loop 1
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

In-Canyon sightseeing requires a guide. Overlooks by car are free. 10% added discount at gift shop at Sacred Canyon Lodge (aka Thunderbird) if you mention campground. New ACE Hardware in Chinle has some RV supplies---but no replacement hatch covers :-(

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

The campground is operated by the Navajo Nation. There is no National Park discount. Somewhat more than half the sites have shade from big cottonwood trees. These sites are nice. The sites in the sun were all overgrown with weeds to the extent that you couldn't see the picnic tables. The campground has sites to accommodate just about any size rig. There is a single water spigot and a restroom for each loop in the campground. There is no electricity or sewer at the sites. My first night, the Ranger left at 5:00 PM, after which the beggars came around asking for "gas money" and selling rocks on which they had scratched crude copies of the petroglyphs found in the the canyon. My second night the Ranger didn't leave until 8:00 or 9:00 PM and the beggars stayed away.
So, security is pretty inconsistent. I would camp here again, if in the area. We camped at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Cottonwood Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Both the north and the south rim roads have a number of overlooks so you can see down into the canyon. There are Navajo concessionaires who conduct half-day and full-day jeep tours and horse tours into the canyon.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Very close to canyon!!! Park is pretty(trees) however very overgrown with weeds. We're 70' (5thW & truck). Only 2 spots supported our size. No frills. Does have dump station & potable water @ dump station. We camped at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Cottonwood Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 129
States Visited: 38
Helpful Reviews: 35

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Campground not easy to find, signage non-existent. Know your directions beforehand. Easy enough to get around for a big rig. Our 38' fifth wheel fit in a spot with enough room for truck parked sideways in front. Quiet. No spring clean-up had been started and there were picnic tables overgrown with weeds. Third loop wasn't open although it was needed when people came in late and there were no spaces left. Since there are no hook-ups and no clean-up, why keep that loop closed this time of year? Very convenient to Canyon de Chelly. Would stay again. We camped at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Cottonwood Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
38
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Dry camping only but we were pleasantly surprised at how nice this park is. The roads & sites are paved and have a good amount of space. There are lots of big trees & some grassy areas. There are no amenities but overall the park is really pleasant & quiet. We camped at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Cottonwood Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Tips for other Campers:

You must book a tour to go into Canyon de Chelly but you can drive the rim and stop at several lookout points for free.

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