The best camping near Chaco Culture National Historical Park

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Horse-Thief Campground

12 sites · RVs, Tents15 acres · NM
From U.S. Highway 550 (north of Nageezi), follow the signs that say Chaco Canyon National Monument Park (County Road 7900). From County Road 7900 and County Road 7950 (turn right on 7950). After 3 miles, at the end of pavement, you will see a sign that says "Dry Camp", with a long dirt driveway. Our campground is 13 miles before the hazardous road to Chaco Canyon. We like to say the we are "The Gateway to Chaco Canyon". Save the wear and tear on your trailers, camp with us! Horse-Thief Campground is an upcoming camp; located on 5 acres of land and more, for campers to enjoy. In a quiet; serene, beautiful landscape area of the Dine Nation. With beautiful sunrise; sunsets and night sky is out of this world. There are trails in which visitors may walk or bike, as well as a Look Out Point. Horse-Thief is currently a Dry Camp with no Electricity or running water however generators are welcome. There is one portable restroom. We look forward to Meeting and Greeting you! We think you will enjoy your stay with us, and hope you give us a great review!
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Bisti Campground

20 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Nageezi, NM
Bisti Campground is a secure, convenient, and permitted tent & dry RV campground in Nageezi, New Mexico, USA. Our campground provides the closest access to renowned natural wonders including Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness, Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, and Lybrook Fossil Area. We take immense pride in contributing to New Mexico and the Navajo Nation’s business landscape. Your base camp awaits! Check-in: 3:00 p.m. Checkout: 11:00 a.m. *Mountain Daylight Time (UTC - 6:00)
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Raven's Nest On Route 66

2 sites · RVs4 acres · Church Rock, NM
A beautiful location located within Cibola National Forest boundaries (Mt. Taylor Ranger District West). Direct access to Six Mile Canyon and Mc Gaffey Lake via improved forest road. We are seasoned camping travelers and enjoy meeting other travelers on their journeys.Learn more about this land:18 miles East of Gallup, NM. Exit 39 on I-40, Jamestown, NM.GPS coordinates: N 35.46445  W 108.44220Beautiful red rock views on the Continental Divide. An amazing vibe delivered by The Land Of Enchantment. Peaceful, yet still connected to the pulse of the old Route 66. This campsite is in a second RV driveway next to our home.
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Victoria & Harry's get away.

4 sites · RVs, Tents158 acres · Prewitt, NM
We are a retired couple who have lived high in the Colorado Rockies for the last 48 years. We camped at this property last summer as many of you will do. We immediately fell in love with the beauty and peacefulness. Native Americans inhabited this area over thousand years ago as evidenced by the Petrogylphs around the ranch. We feel honored to have the opportunity to preserve and share this ancient art. We had the opportunity to purchase the ranch from a lady who had an animal rescue on the ranch. Come and enjoy the beauty and peace that The Golden Rose Ranch provides. The name, Golden Rose, comes from the restaurant that we owned in Leadville, Co, through much of the 20th century. Learn more about this land: We warmly welcome you to come and camp on our isolated 160 acre New Mexico ranch and experience peace, tranquility and breathtaking scenic beauty. Whether you're headed here or there on I-40, we're located just 5 miles off of the interstate. After a long days' drive, we offer a peaceful experience. Pitch a tent on one of several designated camping spots (or pick your own) or bring your RV or camper trailer and prepare yourself for amazing radiant sunsets, jaw-dropping night skies, and rejuvenating sunrises. During the day hike the surrounding red cliffs and mesas, view the ancient petroglyphs and find amazing pottery shards scattered throughout the property, or just hang out. Occasionally a herd of elk will venture out. At night you will be serenaded by the neighboring coyotes and resident spotted owls. Feel like exploring off the ranch? Visit the nearby Casamero Pueblo ruins a 1/2 mile down the road, Bluewater Lake State Park or drive to the small post-mining town of Grants and explore the Mining Museum, Bandera Volcano & Ice Cave, El Malpais National Monument and many other nearby interesting sites!
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Moore's RV Park and Campground

1 site · Tent10 acres · Bloomfield, NM
We are an active RV park that resides on 10-acres and has ample space for camping activities. We have tent sites, RV sites, horseshoes, pool (seasonal), and laundry and gift shop amenities. We hope you book with us! Lots to see to include Aztec Ruins, city of Farmington, and Chaco Canyon. Hope to talk soon!
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The best camping near Chaco Culture National Historical Park guide

Overview

About

Ready? Set? Grab your camera and head to Chaco Culture National Historical Park for a perfect shot and lesson in history! First shot is for definitely Canyon Loop Road where you’ll see the massively impressive dwelling of the Pueblo people. Explore all six sites, Una Vida, Hungo Pavi, Pueblo Bonito, Chetro Ketl, Pueblo del Arroyo, and Casa Rinconada, up close and personal, or take in an depth ranger led talk at Pueblo Bonito. Not far off is the a trail of ancient petroglyphs, or you can hike out into the backcountry until sunset to see the stunning valley along with remote Chacoan sites. You’ll want to set up camp before dark though, because that’s when the real show begins! Only one of four in country, Chaco is a designated Night Sky Park aka the most ballin’ place to see the cosmos! Chaco Culture, the park, and the night sky are so surreal here, you just might forget to use that camera.

When to go

The optimal time to visit Chaco Culture National Historical Park is during spring and fall when the weather is mild and conducive to exploration. Summer months can be extremely hot, and winter can bring cold temperatures and sometimes snow, making access to the park's remote location challenging.

Know before you go

  • Prepare for limited cell service; plan your visit and communicate with your group in advance.
  • Check the park's official website for current conditions and alerts before your trip.
  • Accessibility varies across sites; some areas may require assistance for those with mobility impairments.
  • Bring plenty of water, as amenities are scarce in this remote desert landscape.
  • Respect the park's rules and regulations to preserve its archaeological and natural resources.

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