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Chinle, Arizona

Cottonwood Campground-Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Chinle, Arizona



Chinle, Arizona
Phone: (928) 674-2106

Sites: 93
Recent Rate: $14 6/2016

Latitude: 36.1522913054095
Longitude: -109.537811279297

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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
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • 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

Review Details

Ratings overview

47 Reviews

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Review Count: 104
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 15

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 Cottonwood Campground-Canyon de Chelly National Monument 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: 129
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 9

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 Cottonwood Campground-Canyon de Chelly National Monument 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: 130
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 17

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 Cottonwood Campground-Canyon de Chelly National Monument 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: 275
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 43

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 Cottonwood Campground-Canyon de Chelly National Monument 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: 1

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 Cottonwood Campground-Canyon de Chelly National Monument 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: 15
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

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 Cottonwood Campground-Canyon de Chelly National Monument 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: 79
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 14

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 Cottonwood Campground-Canyon de Chelly National Monument 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 Cottonwood Campground-Canyon de Chelly National Monument 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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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Large, very shaded, bare bones campground. Three large loops, pick your spot, pay at the gate or self-pay via envelope. No hookups, but there is a dump station and potable water in Loop 1. We were concerned with 80-degree temps and no air conditioning, but our RV stayed cool with all the shade. There are restrooms in each loop, but no showers. No grass, mostly weeds and tons of painful goat heads, so we couldn’t walk the dogs much. Not bad for a night or two. We camped at Cottonwood Campground-Canyon de Chelly National Monument in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

For dry camping, this was a great park. In August, it was still very pleasant, due to all the shade trees. There were less than 10 campers in the park the 2 nights we were there (Wed & Thur). We really enjoyed the solitude. Our 30' trailer fit into site 78 without issue; we just had to park the truck at a bit of an angle once we disconnected. Note: be prepared for Navajo vendors coming around after 7 pm to hawk their wares. We camped at Cottonwood Campground-Canyon de Chelly National Monument in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

I was leery of staying in a campground with no electricity during the summer in Arizona but it was definitely not a problem. The huge shade trees kept it pleasant. Our 35' motorhome would not have fit in all sites, but we didn't have a problem finding a nice one for the night. It was definitely convenient for touring the park. We got the name of a tour company at the visitor center and had a 3 hour tour into the canyon and we were glad we did. We sure learned a lot about the Navajo lifestyle and saw the canyon up close. We camped at Cottonwood Campground-Canyon de Chelly National Monument in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground appears to have evolved from something less formal. One way loops make it almost impossible to back into some sites. No hookups but a good dump station with water to fill your tank. Great location to start a tour of the south rim overlooks. Pleasant place with lots of mature cottonwoods to provide shade. Short walk to the visitor center. Navaho parks has taken this over and now charges a fee. Cash only, so stop at the ATM before you arrive. We camped at Cottonwood Campground-Canyon de Chelly National Monument in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 81
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: November, 2013 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

We arrived at early afternoon, self registration. Roads and sites are paved and narrow, sites are short, some very short and some longer ones. Most of them are in an odd angle so you have to drive in instead of backing into them. It doesn't really matter as there are no hookups at all. We found a back in site long enough for our 5er and truck with enough space for slide out and awning. Restrooms are toilets only and could have been cleaner. At this time, there was only 1 other RV staying here. It is very nice but could be even way nicer with a little bit of maintenance. It is a perfect place to start your tour of Canyon de Chelly. We would return if again in the area as it is the only campground here and we think it is not worth wile pulling the RV to the other campground which is quite a way into the park. We camped at Cottonwood Campground-Canyon de Chelly National Monument in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 322
States Visited: 47
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice clean, quiet campground, right in Canyon De Chelle Park. Very tight interior roads with trees all over. Great spot for visiting the canyon. We camped at Cottonwood Campground-Canyon de Chelly National Monument in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice setting among large cottonwood trees. Can have shade if you want it; we chose a sunny spot for warmth on cold mornings. Restrooms fine and have electricity, but no showers available. Campground roads narrow and confusing. Most sites are back-in. We camped at Cottonwood Campground-Canyon de Chelly National Monument in a Travel Trailer.

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