CHACO CULTURE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
CHACO CULTURE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Nageezi, New Mexico 87037-0220
Chaco Culture National Historical Park preserves one of America's most significant and fascinating cultural and historic areas.
Chaco Canyon was a major center of ancestral Puebloan culture between AD 850 and 1250. It was a hub of ceremony, trade, and administration for the prehistoric Four Corners area - unlike anything before or since.
Chaco is remarkable for its monumental public and ceremonial buildings, and its distinctive architecture. To construct the buildings, along with the associated Chacoan roads, ramps, dams, and mounds, required a great deal of well organized and skillful planning, designing, resource gathering, and construction. The Chacoan people combined pre-planned architectural designs, astronomical alignments, geometry, landscaping, and engineering to create an ancient urban center of spectacular public architecture - one that still amazes and inspires us a thousand years later.
The Chacoan cultural sites are fragile and irreplaceable and represent a significant part of America's cultural heritage. The sites are part of the sacred homeland of Pueblo Indian peoples of New Mexico, the Hopi Indians of Arizona, and the Navajo Indians of the Southwest, all of whom continue to respect and honor them.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a very special place. Remote and isolated, it offers few amenities, so come prepared. You will find that the rewards are unlimited.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Gallo Campground, Open All Year
Details : Gallo Campground, located one mile east of the Visitor Center, is open year-round. Tucked amongst the fallen boulders and cliffs of Gallo Wash, the campground offers camping in a rugged environment, surrounded by petroglyphs, a cliff dwelling, inscriptions, and a high desert landscape. There is no shade. The 48 campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Camping is limited to 7 days. Trailers and RVs over 30 feet in length can not be accommodated. A dump station is located in the campground. Each campsite costs $10.00 per night. Golden Age and Golden Access cardholders pay $5.00 per site, per night. There is a limit of six people, two tents, and two vehicles at each campsite. Each site has a picnic table and fire grate (with a grill). Bring your own firewood or charcoal. Gathering wood is prohibited and no firewood is available in the park. Most sites include a tent pad. Pets are permitted, but must be kept on a leash at all times. Do not approach or feed the wildlife. The campground has water (non-potable) and restrooms with flush toilets. Site #16 and both restrooms are handicap accessible. There are no showers or hook-ups. Drinking water is available 24 hours a day in the Visitor Center parking area, where telephones are located as well. There is no gasoline, auto repair, food, or ice available in the park. To make the most of your visit, please plan ahead and come prepared.
Gallo Campground Group Sites, Open All Year
Details : Two group campsites (10 to 30 people in each) are available. The maximum capacity of the group campground is 60 people. Group campground reservations must be made in advance by calling the park at (505) 786-7014 ext. 221. The cost for group camping is $2.00 per person, per night with a minimum fee of $25.00. Campers with Golden Age or Golden Access cards pay $1.00 per person, per night. The group campsites are designed for tent camping, and can not accommodate RVs, pop-up trailers, etc. There is sufficient parking for 4-5 vehicles in each group site. Picnic tables and a fire ring (with a grill) are provided at each site. There are restrooms with flush toilets, but no showers or hook-ups. Firewood and charcoal are not available in the park, so bring your own. Wood gathering is not permitted. Drinking water is available at the Visitor Center parking area. When you arrive, your group will be assigned to a site in the group area. The area in the group campground will be reserved for your group until 5:00 p.m. on the date of your time planned arrival. Please call the park if you cannot arrive by that time or if you need to change or cancel your reservations. Unless you notify the park ahead of time, your reserved sites will be opened to other campers after 5:00 p.m.
Autumnal Equinox Observation
Park gates open at 6:00 am for this event. Parking at Casa Rinconada itself is very limited. Once that lot fills, visitors will be directed to other parking areas at Pueblo Bonito. Visitors will then walk to Casa Rinconada approximately 1/2 mile away. Be sure to bring warm clothes as it will be chilly before
Reservations are required to attend this event. Call the visitor center at 505-786-7014. Program will be limited to 100 participants.
Location: Casa Rinconada, Chaco Culture National Historical Park | Map
Time: 7:00 AM
September 25 - September 26
Full Moon Walk
The program will begin at the Pueblo Bonito trailhead at 7:30 pm. Walk through the ancient building in the moonlight. Park exit gate will stay open until the program ends. Please bring a flashlight. Parking is allowed only in the Pueblo Bonito parking lot. The program is available by reservation and is limited to 35 people. Register in person at the visitor center the day of the program.
Location: Plaza of Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Culture National Historical Park | Map
Time: 7:00 PM
Fee Free Day
Location: Chaco Culture NHP, Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Time: 8:00 AM
Enjoy a guided walk through this ancient structure by the light of the moon. Meet at the Pueblo Bonito parking area and trailhead. Program begins at 6:30 pm. This program is by reservation and is limited to 35 people. To make a reservation, sign up in person at the visitor center the day of the program.
Location: Meet in Plaza of Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Culture National Historical Park | Map