1 Park near Shonto, Arizona
Sep 2016 - $1.00
Wonderful campground for tent campers! Well kept sites and it was only half-full. Very quiet. And no big rvs with noisy generators. There was an 18 wheeler making a delivery to the visitor center who evidently got lost and became stuck on the loop road at 6:30 in the morning. It took him an hour to painfully find his way out. Other than that it was great, and the guided hike into Betatakin Ruins was spectacular. We took the short and steep route down an endless staircase to the canyon bottom. It was a fairy land! Our guide was very knowledgeable regarding native plants and the history of the area. Would love to visit in Winter! Not to be missed if you are a lover of canyon country. - Canyon Wren
Jun 2016 - $0.00
Site is above the surrounding countryside at ~7200 ft elevation so temperature is about 5 degrees cooler, which is welcome in the summer heat. Canyon View area is a bit rough to get into but doable with patience. The area just outside the Visitor Center is fully paved and has a rest room building with grey water dish washing area as well as a single fresh water spigot (which was repaired while we were there). Great, and some challenging hiking trails, some to outstanding ruins, can also take a Ranger-led hike. They currently only have porta-pottys, as their 40 year-old sewage system is in sad need of repair. Very interesting native demonstrations of rug and basket weaving as well as painting in the Visitor Center during the day. Only a couple of the pull-through sites are anything near level but more of the back-ins are mostly level. Small trading post and gas station at the intersection with the highway at the bottom of the hill were closed both times we were there. Very peaceful. - pyrthkr
May 2015 - $1.00
There are 2 campgrounds at Navajo NM - Canyon View and Sunset View - we stayed in Canyon View. There are (I think) 16 sites in this campground. Both campgrounds are FREE. All are quite private, nestled in among juniper and pinon. The sites are not huge - different sizes, some pull throughs, and supper huge rigs may have a problem. We saw two buses/motor homes that were about 25-30' long and they did fine. We camped in a truck camper pulling a 10' utility trailer.
No wood fires, but there are charcoal fire grates, plus a picnic table. Verizon worked OK - anything from 1x to 3 bars LTE depending on time of day - the sites are up high on a mesa, maybe 1/4 mile from the visitor center and the other campground. Trash bins scattered around, a few toilets, extremely quiet, great views to the north.
The other campground is fine but views to south so not as spectacular. The sites are mostly back in and short - there are some 'pull throughs' which are really just wide spots by the side of the road. It is also free, and would be fine for a night.
Overall a great experience and very unique. Try to do one of the semi-strenuous hikes to see the Betatkin cliff house up close. - chinookgeo