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Free and comfortable!

Free campsite with first comes first policy and it fills up! The sites are pretty close to each other and there only 1 bathroom that gets very used. It’s kept clean but smells awful. Drinking water is available as well as grills and fire rings at every site. Bonus for amazing sunset views of the monument!

Amazing, well kept and beautiful!

There aren’t many electric sites if that’s important to you and some say they’re no level. Ours was.

Does the job.

Stopped here overnight on our way to the Grand Canyon. Small KOA with very basic amenities. The lava field is neat. They will deliver food to your camper which was nice. Kids enjoyed the doughnuts in the morning. Nothing fancy but the people were nice.

Really Nice!

This campground was exceptionally clean and a great place to stay. The staff was very nice, the sites are level and wide enough to feel comfortable. The children enjoyed the pool and we took advantage of dinner available on site. Very positive experience!

Oklahoma

The cleanest park we’ve been to yet. Showers, bathroom and laundry are spotless as well the campground itself. The owners daughter was extremely helpful and friendly as she checked us in. The store on site is pretty large. We will definitely come back!

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.

So good, we were there twice in one trip!!

Wonderful facility. Level sites. Cleaner than clean restrooms and laundry facility. Great store and great staff. We were there off season, so pool wasn’t open yet but that is not an issue for us. Military discount.

Fantastic!!!

We were so pleased with our stay here! The property and facilities are impeccable. This is family owned and run. They are so friendly and accommodating. If you stay here, go to the outdoor snack bar for Mom's Apple Crisp at 730pm. It's out of this world!

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🖤👍

Great place to stay and nice environment!

Nice spots Complimentary chocolate chip cookies Helpful and nice staff Good showers Good location Quiet and peaceful

I never knew.

I grew up in this part of the state, but never knew this one existed.  It’s a small campsite and not much more then vaulted toilets. But it was a very beautiful campsite. There was only a few people camping so it was very quit and peaceful. Easy access to shopping in Grants and real close to many other attractions like Bluewater lake, El Morro, and the Ice Cave. I would happily camp here again.

Road Trip Gem

Found this campsite heading west on I-40 on a memorial day weekend road trip last minute. Had 40 designated campsites with about 1/2 reservable online and 1/2 first come first serve. They also allow dispersed camping along the lake and there were probably 50+ groups of people in RVs and trailers comfortably spaced.

Wild horses roaming around the lake were also pretty cool.

We took a designated campsite overlooking the lake and added this park to the list of places to return to.

Memorial Day Weekend At Coal Mine Campground

We were parked in a vacant spot since Thursday and on Friday afternoon, a forest service employee came and put up a sign on our spot saying it was reserved and he told us that we would have to leave. When we asked him why the sign wasn’t put up earlier in the week? If it had been we would have parked somewhere else. He got an attitude and just told us to move. We told him that we would and he said well if you park in an available spot we would have to pay again. Well yeah we moved and no we did not pay again. Then to top it off, the spots he claimed were reserved never became occupied all weekend. He did this to several people that were already parked and unhooked for the weekend. We decided that he just didn’t want to have to patrol the weekend or something. Never saw him again all weekend. We didn’t let that ruin the weekend. We had a good time overall.

Not a camp site!!

This is just a picnic area, if you have a small tent you can make it work for just a night, one plus is you can hike the South Narrows trail!

Not far from HWY40

This is a good spot to stay the night if your passing though, very clean bathrooms.

Friendly staff and quiet

I requested a site all the way at the back of the koa, and the staff kindly were able to accommodate me. I had a FHU PT. The park is mostly all gravel. The free bfast is cereal, toast and hot coffee.

Really nice free camping!

We've stayed here a couple times as a stopping over point on the way to things in AZ but we always talk about how we would like to spend more time. The monument is really cool and the campground is very nice. Clean, quiet, beautiful, everything you would want in a campsite!

Dark skies

Quiet and dark wonderful place to camp

First to Review
Not great for tent campers

The tent area is right beside the I-40 and very loud.

Mainly an RV-friendly campground, strictly managed

Drove in here late in the day (about 9:30pm) to find the bathrooms locked and sites full of RVs. Turns out their policy is that you get a key to the bathroom if you check in, and the office closes at 4:30pm, so if you haven't arrived by then you are going to be looking for a place to squat, and good luck finding one that's not in sight of at least 8 other campers.

Unpowered sites are $10 and powered are $20. The rock in the area is pretty, but that's about it. Otherwise this is an unpleasant, muddy city park with little to offer. Keep on driving, if you ask me!

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.

Road Trip Route 66

Nice RV Campground along Route 66. Good rates and a lot of amenities

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!

Freeway campground

I have stayed at this campground several time it was a New Mexico Stae Park, it has since been turned over to the city of Gallup as a city park. There are several hiking and horseback riding trails around this campground. One of the best is to castle rock a really good hike. Make sure you call to check for availability, there is a rodeo arena near by and will fill up if there is a rodeo.

Summer Camp

Spent two nights here in June, very nice campground each site has a picnic table, fire ring and trash can nearby. Lots of trees for shade. Water is available at the visitor center a short drive away. El Morro is a great place to explore. Highly recommend this place to stay

Large Campground with lake front camping

Great state run campground with options from primitive to full hook ups at great prices. The primitive camping is all along the lake so you can park and walk right in with your canoe or SUP. Playground for the kiddos, lots of areas to explore with the puppers, and plenty of bathrooms and Ramadas available for day use. Boat ramp for those so inclined and good fishing for any anglers out there. The staff running the camp were so enthusiastic and friendly, you’ll want to plan a trip back ASAP.

Perfect spot only a few miles off the 40

Bout 10 free campsites in a beautiful location. Several vault toilets, great spots to set up a tent, landscape is nice but the Sunset was breathtaking. One of the best sites we’ve had the privilege to stay at in the West.

Free Camping!

El Morro National Monument is located on an ancient east-west trail in western New Mexico. The main feature of this National Monument is a great sandstone promontory with a pool of water at its base.

We only hiked the Inscription Rock Loop but were impressed with the way the park integrated features like water channels into the land using natural elements. Everything was organized and impressive.