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 here in a Tent Trailer.
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 here in a Motorhome.
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 here in a Motorhome.
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 here in a Travel Trailer.
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 here in a Motorhome.
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 here in a Tent.