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Posted: 06/27/19 08:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just looking for any info on campgrounds nearby for a 31ft Class C. I believe we will be visiting after going to Las Vegas


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You probably want to look in Farmington, that's where we stayed. Chaco is in the middle of nowhere and I saw no nearby cg. The road in is dirt, probably wash boarded and long. Watch carefully for signs since it's a maze of dirt roads back there.


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Posted: 06/27/19 10:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

THe NPS has a campground at Chaco, but, as agesilaus pointed out, the road in can be a devil (unless you're just lucky enough to get there when it's been freshly graded). Note that most of the road in is dirt and gravel across non-NPS land; it switches to paved once you enter the NP itself.

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Posted: 06/27/19 10:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There is a campground at the Chaco Culture National Historic Park - but no hookups/complete off-the-grid boondocking. It is often full during the season, too. As agesilaus said, Farmington/Bloomfield would be the nearest campgrounds with hookups.

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We stayed in Farmington and drove down to Chaco.
There is no way I would take an RV over the road into Chaco. In fact we will never go back because of the road into the park.
You have about 20 miles of washboard road into the park. This is a very rough washboard.


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We really loved Farmington too.

If you're a beer lover, check out the offerings from Three Rivers Brewing Co in Farmington.

I hope you enjoy Chaco. There's nothing like it. Spend as much time there as you can.


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Posted: 06/27/19 01:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ditto on not taking an RV down there

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We stayed in the park - Yes it was rough going in BUT IF YOU TAKE IT EASY IT CAN BE DONE. there no hook up only a table, drinking water only at the small store. Need ant spray for sure. But well worth the effort. Campground is in the canyon near ancient ruins and when the sun goes down it is amazing. Not for wimps


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Posted: 06/27/19 03:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

don't take your RV down that road. Stay in Farmington and drive down in your toad.
as stated, it's washboard, about 18 miles of it and no exaggeration..it's ROUGH.
but do go, because it's worth the effort.


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One day isn't enough to fully appreciate Chaco. 21 miles of gravel - 1st 7 are good, 2nd 7 ok, 3rd 7 plan on slow going (10-15mph). We spent 4 nights in there last year - could have stayed longer! I'd hate to make the drive in and out in a single day, wouldn't allow enough time to see backcountry sites or the nighttime astronomy presentation.


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