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Navajo National Monument

Shonto, Arizona


Highway 564
Shonto, Arizona 86054
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 33
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 36.67793
Longitude: -110.54099

Elevation: 7295' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers no
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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10 Reviews

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Navajo National Monument is a little known gem. beautiful hiking and scenery. Cliff dwellings, interesting information in the visitor center about the Navajo (Dineh) culture. Watch the tree cover carefully! We're 32 feet and the site was just barely long enough. curvy roads. we put out road triangles to make sure we were visible We camped at Navajo National Monument in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

By all means take the time for a leisurely visit in the visitors center.

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Review Count: 339
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 89

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

It is actually free to camp here, with a seven day limit. There are two campgrounds, Canyon View and Sunset. Sunset, with 31 small sites, can be reached by all paved roads and is the closest to the Visitor Center. It has flush toilets and drinking water, but not for filling RV tanks. Also, there is no dump station, so plan on arriving with full tanks and leaving with waste. Canyon View requires driving on some good gravel road and is a little further away from the Visitor Center. There are some close branches, so if this is your campground of choice, it would probably be a good idea to scout it first via car/truck. It has pit toilets and no water but the sites are much better separated than Sunset and the views are fantastic at some of the sites. We chose Canyon View and had no difficulty with our 28 foot motorhome except for using care with the tree branches. The Park website indicates that 28 foot length is the maximum, but we saw several longer rigs. We loved our space and ended up staying longer than we had originally planned. We had reasonable Verizon service, voice and data. We were able to get DirecTV without a problem. We would definitely camp there again. We camped at Navajo National Monument in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Take the Ranger-guided hike to the ruins in the canyon. If you drive the back, gravel road to Shonto, be aware that it is very rough.

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

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

Camping is free but RV park reviews won't accept a zero.

This is one of our favorite places. RV limit is listed at 27'. Be aware that you will have a couple of hundred yards of narrow, rough road, but the beautiful views as well as the peacefulness make it worth it. A real gem! We camped at Navajo National Monument in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Space 8
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Hike down to the Betatakin ruins. If you can't handle the hike, take the trail to the overlook.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

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. We camped at Navajo National Monument in a Tent.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Other
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 89
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: June, 2016
Overall Rating:

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. We camped at Navajo National Monument in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
22
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
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Take advantage of the hike to, or at least the views of, the ruins in the area.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

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. We camped at Navajo National Monument in a Truck Camper.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Canyon View site 6
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

This is a good stop in northern Arizona where few, if any, other campgrounds exist. And the price is right: free. You will need to work at leveling your rig at nearly every site. No showers and water available at the restroom building. This is not a big rig place and it is about 9 miles off of US160. It is quiet and the views are great. The visitor center is quite interesting and it is worth staying an extra day or two to do the hikes to the ruins. We camped at Navajo National Monument in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2011
Overall Rating:

It's a rarity to find a free campground with incredible views, clean bathrooms and large private campsites. We will definitely return to this wonderful place. We camped at Navajo National Monument in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 196
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: October, 2009 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

There are two campgrounds: Canyon View (very rutted roads, gravel sites, pit toilets, killer views) and Sunset (paved sites, flush toilets). This review is of Sunset, which is quite close to the very nice Visitor Center and the trails. We loved this free--and quite nice--campground much more than most fee-based campgrounds. Roomy, shaded sites with picnic tables and grills. Very nice bathroom with flush toilets and hot running water (no showers). Just a gorgeous park. We have a 25' Class C and fit perfectly, but there was a Class A with a toad that sort of fit. In high season, I wouldn't try to come here in a long RV, but off season, it worked. We camped at Navajo National Monument in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 56
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2009 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

This facility, operated by the National Park Service, is located in northeast Arizona at the end of State Highway 564 off of US Highway 160 at an elevation of 7,200 feet. There is no entry fee or camping fee. There are two campgrounds. Sunset View is the one best suited for RVs and is open year around. The interior road is paved, The pads are paved and reasonable level. Sites are widely spaced and surrounded by trees. There are no hookups but water is available. The web site and a sign on the highway indicate that the maximum RV length is 28 feet but there are a few sites that can accommodate larger units including our 35-foot motorhome. The Visitor Center offers exhibits, Native American art and craft demonstrations, movies and Ranger talks. A short self-guided trail leads to an overlook that provides a good view of the Betataken ruin on the opposite wall of a canyon. A Ranger-guided hike into the canyon and the ruin is available. It is a beautiful place and the staff was friendly and helpful. The only reason I am not giving it a higher rating is that there are no hookups. We will go there again. We camped at Navajo National Monument in a Motorhome.

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