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Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Gallo Campground

Nageezi, New Mexico


1808 County Road 7950
Nageezi, New Mexico 87037
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 48
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 36.03654
Longitude: -107.89067

Elevation: 6215' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot no
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public 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 ?
  • 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 ?
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 yes
  • 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: 26
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

21 mile access road from Nalgeezi, Rte 550. Took almost an hour and a half. 1st 8 miles paved, next 7 good gravel. Last 7 ROUGH gravel - go slow, pick your route, it's not a rush! Sites are level, no shade. Tended to be pretty short, but we fit. Wonderful cultural experience. Very helpful NPS staff. PLAN FOR WIND! We had one gust that had to be well over 50 mph - destroyed some shelters/tarps that were set out in the CG. We were there 3 nights - enough time to see most of the front country sites. Got in 1 hike back to Alto Pueblo. Worth seeing the area from the mesa above! We camped at Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Gallo Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
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: 17
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Amazing place to stay, right next to adobe dwelling and multiple trails. Short drive to Visitor Center, but beware the rough 21 mile dirt road to get there. We camped at Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Gallo Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Come fully stocked as there are no services available within 21 miles and no decent services available for about 40 miles from the campsite.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

Wonderful place. Wish we could have stayed longer! Very difficult to drive to, washboard and washed out dirt road; plan on extra driving time. As a result people that visit park (especially with an RV or trailer) really want to be here, and are very respectful of site and other campers. Dark skies were wonderful.

Excellent tours of ruins available. Great rangers and extremely helpful campground host. Hope to return. (And this time I'll make sure we tighten all screws and fittings before we tackle the road!)

Make sure you follow directions on park website to get to the park. Directions from online maps would have put us on even worse roads.

Recommend at least a two night stay. Don't count on there being a space available if you don't have a reservation. We camped at Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Gallo Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are limits on size of unit, which weren't enforced, as there were several oversized RVs/5-ers, and I suspect they had a heck of a time fitting into their sites.

Use Google Maps/Earth to select site so you're comfortable with the size of your space.

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Review Count: 146
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 31

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

Nice campground in a beautiful setting. Getting there is another story. The road into the park is very rough. It is mostly dirt with some gravel in places and feels like you are driving on a washboard. Anything in your rig will bounce around and anything that is not secured properly will be on the floor. Rating was based on the campground and the drive in. We camped at Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Gallo Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow 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: 17
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

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

Paid $7.50 with Golden Age. Road still very rough washboard dirt. Recommend that you make reservations using http://www.recreation.gov/. Host did NOT have all reserved signs posted. No potable water at CG, but available at nearby Visitor Center (new in 2012). Clean bathrooms with flush toilets, no hot water. All sites have tables and firepits, and plenty of open space. RV drives are gravel and not level. Tent-only area is secluded and inviting. Verizon works with 1 bar. Breezy to windy all the time. Stunning views of Fajada Butte in early morning sun. The park now has superb well-trained volunteers leading scheduled walks at several locations. We camped at Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Gallo Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

The last 4 miles of the 21 miles of dirt road into Chaco is really bad. We saw a rental motor home buried up to it's axles after getting too close to the shoulder so be prepared. The campground fills up even at midweek so a reservation is wise if you want to spend over night here. The campground is primitive but there are flush toilets and drinking water available at the visitor center. There is a lot to explore and lots of good walking trails, some of which are available for pets on a leash. We camped at Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Gallo Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 123
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $5.00
Overall Rating:

Rate is with senior pass. Chaco is a remarkable place and it's great to be able to camp here and stay longer than during daylight hours, even if it is a simple dry campground with few facilities. It's wonderful to awaken, watch the first rays of sun hit Fajada Butte, see the cliff by the campground turn to gold, and camp by ancestral Puebloan ruins and petroglyphs. Host wasvery friendly and gave us some great firewood. Sites are somewhat un-level, so get there in time to pick one you like. Nice picnic table and in-ground grill. Loved it and would return to this special park any time. We camped at Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Gallo Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $5.00
Overall Rating:

Our third trip to Chaco over about a 12 year period, but the first with a trailer and spending the night. The road has been paved about 1/2 way, which is good. The unpaved section is still exceedingly rough. The campground is quite clean, and the hosts very friendly and helpful. She helped us find a site long enough for our 29' TT, as the campground was pretty full. Even with the road (top speed in the rough areas about 5 MPH) this is a great camping experience. The biggest drawback is that you cannot reserve a spot and might have to turnaround and drive back if a site is not available, although the host told us she was "saving a spot" for a 40' motor home that had called to check availability. We camped at Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Gallo Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2008 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

A very remote World Heritage site reached by an 18 mile washboard road which is very rough on RV's. You will need to tie down everything inside securely. A wonderful setting in a stunning canyon filled with ancient dwellings and petroglyphs. There are sites that will accommodate 40' motor homes but this is a first come, first served location with no overflow areas offered. Sunsets are spectacular. The National Park Service visitor center is first class with tours offered, movies available and night sky parties on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights. One does need a vehicle to drive to the visitor center and trail heads to all the remarkable pueblos of the ancient world. This park can't be rated just like other rv parks because it is a 1000 years old in the making and invites you back in time. Always call ahead for road conditions and the probability of getting a site. Elevation is 6000' and need to prepare for both winter and summer extremes. Spring and fall are ideal. We camped at Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Gallo Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 199
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: September, 2008 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Gallo Campground is the only place to stay inside Chaco Culture National Historic Park. Since Chaco is a long drive from any town, we chose to leave our motorhome in Farmington and take the toad to Chaco and car camp. Staying in the park will greatly enhance your visit. After turning off Hwy 550 it is a 21 mile drive on rough county roads to get to the park entrance. Only the first 5 miles or so are paved and then it is dirt and gravel which can be very wash board or even impassable in bad weather. We had no trouble with our Subaru Forester and even a passenger car could have made the trip with no problems at the time we were there. The campground is in a beautiful setting with a backdrop of lovely cliffs, but there is no shade so it can be very hot. This is a primitive campground with no potable water and no hook-ups. There are clean restrooms with running water and flush toilets, but no showers. Drinking water is only available at the Visitor Center. I believe there is a dump station. Some people do take large motorhomes to Chaco (the park brochure says "trailers over 30 feet long cannot be accommodated") but we saw only tents, truck campers, small Class-C's, pop-up trailers, short trailers and fifth wheels, camper vans and the like. The ruins of Chaco are spectacular (better than Mesa Verde in my opinion) and the neat thing is you don't need to take a ranger led tour to see them (although you can if you like). We camped at Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Gallo Campground in a Tent.

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