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Nageezi , NEW MEXICO

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Most Recent Nageezi Camping Reviews
Closed Nov 1 2020 through Feb 28, 2021

We just had our reservations canceled by Recreation.gov. Due to Covid, the campground is temporarily closed.   Now, looking for an alternative.

Very quiet!

Nice quiet FREE place to stay the night even though there were quite a few campers. Camping is in the parking lot area and basically any pull off you can find a space. If you’re in a tent just hike off anywhere and pitch it for the night. There are no trail markers so just be aware while exploring the very cool formations. Off hwy 371, at the T in the road turn left (Google maps said to turn right just FYI) continue down to parking lot or along the road.

There are pit toilets, no water or garbage. I was able to get AT&T and Verizon cell reception.

Ranger Review: Banner and Oak Hat at Bisti Badlands

This campground is more like a parking lot with extended canyons for camping. You can set up shop right on the outskirts of the parking lot on the flat ground or in the nearby canyons or turnoffs on the road to get the the parking lot. 

There is a pit toilet located there that is really well taken care of. There is also a picnic shelter for those super hot days when you are in need of shade. 

You can also backpack across the wilderness area as well. You will need to check the weather and supply extra water since there is not much shade and no water sources. 

For Hiking: We used Gaia GPS to pinpoint our coordinates to the "cool" spots and ended up getting detoured due to really cool formations all over the place. We were like moths to flames. It is such a cool spot and LOTS to see!

Gear review: Banner and Oak Freedom to Explore hat

Occasionally as a Ranger we get the opportunity to test out some gear from time to time. I got this hat for my partner and he wanted to test it out for a while before we reviewed it so we thought this was the perfect opportunity. You can find the hat here: https://bannerandoak.com/collections/hats/products/horizon-olive

This hat is extremely fashionable and comfortable. The color is a perfect Olive with black writing that says "Freedom To Explore". There is a mesh lining on the inner front of the hat that helps with sweat and heat. It also keeps you from getting a line across your forehead when removing the hat. He wore it all day and didn't take it off once for it being too loose or too tight. Even after a week fo wearing it everyday it didn't get that gross sweat smell that normal hats get. 

The back of the hat has a buckle closure instead of snaps so it lays nice on the back of your head and doesn't dig in.

Perfect

Get your supplies and firewood ahead of time! Takes too long to go get more and you’ll want to stay in the canyon the whole time you’re there. I could easily spend every day for a month hiking around and still not feel like I’ve seen it all, so I didn’t want to have to bounce out and spend a few hours getting more firewood. That said, it’s a magical place with amazing stars, and even the more wide open campsites are far enough from others to feel private.

Out there!

Chaco Canyon is one of the best places to get away from the average norm Beautiful night sky one of the darkest places in America and a world heritage site. Chaco Canyon has some of the most interesting ancient architecture. The stonework in these structures is amazing!

Make sure you bring some water🖤👍

Dark skies

Quiet and dark wonderful place to camp

Lovely

Gallo Campground is the only campground in Chaco Canyon National Park so reserving ahead of time or getting there earlier in the day depending on the season are very important. The park is very remote so it's a long drive on a potentially very rough road to get in but once you're there the route is well worth the visit.

I visited on a Wednesday night in mid October. The campground had filled up by about 2pm Wednesday and but was full by about 11am on Thursday.

There is currently no potable water at the campground but water is available at the Visitors Center a short drive down the road. There are however flushing toilets and running water in the bathrooms. The campsites each have a picnic table and fire pit. I thought the set up of the tent only area was interesting. There is a parking lot area with sites surrounding it on three sides. The set up allows for privacy between the sites which are nestled in among the rocks and plants as well as ruins!

I wish I had spent more time in Chaco Canyon exploring the sites, hiking, and going on tours. The daily tours and ranger talks provide more insight into the canyon's history than you can get with the self guided booklets.

Pretty Nice, No Water

The Gallo Campground is the only campground in Chaco Canyon National Park so reserving ahead of time or getting there earlier in the day depending on the season are very important. The park is very remote so it's a long drive on a potentially very rough road to get in but once you're there the route is well worth the visit.

I visited on a Wednesday night in mid October. The campground had filled up by about 2pm Wednesday and but was full by about 11am on Thursday.

There is currently no potable water at the campground but water is available at the Visitors Center a short drive down the road. There are however flushing toilets and running water in the bathrooms. The campsites each have a picnic table and fire pit. I thought the set up of the tent only area was interesting. There is a parking lot area with sites surrounding it on three sides. The set up allows for privacy between the sites which are nestled in among the rocks and plants.

I wish I had spent more time in Chaco Canyon exploring the sites, hiking, and going on tours. The daily tours and ranger talks provide more insight into the canyon's history than you can get with the self guided booklets.

campground is a-ok, ruins are incredible. also, winter is cold.

The campground is fine- everything you would want- picnic table, fire ring… but most of all it is right in the neighborhood some incredible Chacoan pueblos. Looking at pictures of these dwellings I had always expected that they'd be fenced off and observed from a distance, but you actually get to walk around INSIDE these buildings that were constructed from the 800s-1200s AD. It is so amazing to touch the rock and see the old planks of wood framing the doorways. I went for a trail run up toward the older, smaller site and scared off a bunch of elk. Up high there you can see a divet in the landscape that is believed to be part of a superhighway of trade that ran all the way to Mexico. Nights got really cold (10 degrees, yup it was February) but worth it to be there at such a peaceful time of year :) Water was available at the welcome center but not the campground itself.

Very clean, beautiful setting and friendly staff.

Almost no shade. It's very isolated so come prepared with lots of water, food etc. I bought dry ice and three bags of regular ice which was just enough for a 2 1/2 day stay. There is a road but has about 12 miles of washboard roads so getting to the convenient store isn't.

The beauty of Chaco Canyon is worth it though…amazing! There will be hiking involved and may not be the best place for people with small children. Don't miss this yhiigh!