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Gallo Campground

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Colorado Plateau, New Mexico

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  • Gallo Campground at Chaco Canyon.- Gallo Campground
  • Group camping area.- Gallo Campground
  • Gallo Campground is surrounded by low cliffs.- Gallo Campground
  • There is a small amphitheater for ranger talks.- Gallo Campground
  • Most sites are perfect for tents or small vehicles.- Gallo Campground
  • Puebloan ruins are visible from the campground.- Gallo Campground
  • Camping by the ruins.- Gallo Campground
  • Gallo Campground.- Gallo Campground
  • Walk-in tent sites at Gallo Campground.- Gallo Campground
  • Gallo Campground.- Gallo Campground
  • The Wijiji Trail starts right at the campground.- Gallo Campground
  • Fajada Bluff from the campground.- Gallo Campground
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Pros: 
Access to Chaco Canyon at all hours. Beautiful setting.
Cons: 
Limited RV size.
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Region:
Colorado Plateau, NM
Access: 
Vehicle
Managed by: 
National Park Service
Price per night (basic site): 
15.00 $ (12.59 €)
Congestion: 
Frequently full
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Maximum trailer length: 
35.00 ft (10.67 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Yes
Total number of sites: 
51
Current Local Weather:
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a massive place, and a day trip is barely adequate to see its major sites much less explore some of the backcountry areas. Luckily, there is a good little campground at the park that offers the chance to spend more time exploring and experiencing sunrise and sunset without stressing about driving the dirt road out in the dark.

Most of Gallo Campground’s sites may be reserved, but some are first-come, first-served. This campground is pretty popular, so getting there early to find a site is essential if you don't have reservations. There is a section with walk-in tent sites, and all sites are open to tent campers. Some sites are suitable for RVs under 35 feet, but most are smaller. Amazingly, there is a small cliff dwelling ruin right at the campground and visible from many camp sites. There is also a trailhead for the hike to Wiiji, a small ruin and petroglyph site that is infrequently visited.

It is important to note that the route into Chaco includes 14 miles of gravel road, and 7 miles of it can be severely washboarded. Larger RVs should be prepared for a rough drive, and checking ahead to determine campsite availability is strongly advised.

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