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part ofChaco Culture National Historical Park, National Park Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Gallo Campground is located within Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Tucked among 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. The area is remote with no services. Please be prepared with plenty of food, water, shade, sunscreen and cold weather necessities.

Natural Features:

Gallo Campground is located in a lowland desert surrounded by canyon walls, arroyos and wash with plenty of southwestern desert plants and brushes, but there are no trees.


The Visitor Center is located one mile from the Gallo Campground which offers a staffed information desk, 25-minute introductory video and a bookstore with many selections of educational materials, books and gift items. There are six front country trails and four backcountry hiking trails that lead to ancient cultural sites.


Gallo Campground has 48 individual campsites, one designated as handicapped accessible and each campsite has a picnic table and a fire grate. Two group campsites are available for groups of 10-30 people and each group campsite has picnic tables and a fire grate. Restroom facilities with flushable toilets are available on site from March to October, and portable toilets are available during the winter season. There are no showers. There are no convenient stores or food services.

Nearby Attractions:

Chaco Culture NHP is isolated from various towns and cities but within two to three hours, there are some attractions such as Aztec Ruins, Salmon Ruins, Mesa Verde National Park, El Malpais National Monument, El Morro National Monument, Canyon De Chelly National Monument, Four Corners Monument, Navajo Nation Headquarters and Museum in Window Rock, Arizona.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Campfire Circles
  • Campfire Programs
  • Campfire Rings
  • Dump Station
  • Flush Toilets (Seasonal)
  • Group Site (Reservable)
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Non-Potable Water
  • RV sites
  • Tent Pads
  • Tent sites
  • Trash Collection
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Drinking Water
  • Archeological Sites
  • Auditorium
  • Biking
  • Cultural Center
  • Drinking Water
  • Educational Programs
  • Entrance Station
  • Evening Programs
  • Gift Shop
  • Guided Interpretive Walks
  • Historic Sites
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Star Gazing
  • Trailhead Parking
  • Visitor Center
  • Water Spigot
Know Before You Go
  • There are no services available, bring plenty of food and water for your visit.
  • Picnic table and fire ring (with a grill) are provided at each site.
  • Firewood and charcoal are not available in the park.
  • Wood gathering is not permitted.
  • Drinking water is available at the Visitor Center.
  • Dogs are allowed but restricted in some areas.
  • RV and/or travel trailers must not exceed 35 feet in length.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.02778, -107.95833
36°1'40"N, 107°57'30"W

From the North: Driving from Albuquerque or Farmington, NM, drive on Highway 550, exit to County Road (CR)7900 at mile marker 112; drive CR 7900 then turn westbound to CR 7950 which will turn into a dirt road after three miles. Drive 13 miles of dirt road to reach Chaco Culture NHP.

From the South: Exit Highway 9 to State Road 57. State Road 57 is a rough dirt road for about 20 miles before reaching Chaco Culture NHP. South entrance is not recommended during inclement weather.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 220
Nageezi  NM  87037

Phone Number:

Information:  505-786-7014 x221
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