Overall this is a nice campground, but I see signs of neglect. The Navajo Nation took over this campground several years ago. The interior roads and sites have recently been paved. However, this is a confusing campground to navigate in. There are two-way roads that only one RV can safely pass. The bathrooms are old, tired looking, and a bit smelly. The bathrooms did not have paper towels, blow dryers, or soap. There are no showers at this campground. About ¼ of the sites can accommodate large rigs (over 38 feet). Caution must be taken because the interior roads are narrow. Some sites are more level than others. There is one water spigot (without threads) per camp loop. There is a dump station with fresh water. Surprisingly, there was no trash can at the dump station. This campground is dry camping only. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nice, clean, well-managed campground. Some of the back-in sites were difficult to get in to because of the angle on one-way roads. Lots of shady and sunny sites available. Located at the mouth of Canyon de Chelly, behind the visitor center. A small problem was handled by campground personnel immediately. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very nice, quiet park. No electric but water is available at several locations. The staff were very helpful when asked about services in town. The drive down the south rim was very nice. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
No hookups, but has a dump station, and a threaded water connector is available for refilling tanks. Sites are well-spaced and level. The nearby Canyon de Chelly is *very* pretty and the views from both the north and south rim drives are well worth seeing, including the Anazazi cliff dwellings. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Navajo Nation has taken over from Park Service and has really done a spectacular job. Roads all paved as are sites. Sites level and various lengths. We left our 34 ft 5th wheel attached and plenty of room in 4 sites we looked at WITH a 2nd small SUV. Park is spotless, good shade at many spots with 4 handicapped good sites near restroom. These are also VERY clean, but no showers. This is the nicest no frills campground we have ever stayed at. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Only facilities are restrooms. Kept up OK. Nice park, paved drives and sites. Lots of shade. Was very windy when I was there. Within walking distance of Thunderbird Lodge which has cafe and ice for sale. Could not find any shower facilities in town. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This very basic park is in a very convenient location to see Canyon de Chelly. Space campers made it seem more sparse than it is. Paved roads and sites though leveling is a challenge. We enjoyed our stay in a pleasant location. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Was a U.S. gov run campground turned over to Navajo nation control last month and now not free but $10/night. Nice paved roads and sites well spaced with cottonwood trees abounding. Water spigots scattered about between sites; not at sites. Clean and beautiful. Right at Canyon de Chelly entrance. Excellent tours into the canyon by Navajo tour guides or drive yourself along rim roads. A real GEM to see the canyon and the ancient ruins. We camped here in a Motorhome.
They just started charging for this park on April 16th, but $10 seems a fair price. Sites are paved and fairly level with open area between most sites. Restrooms (no showers) seemed updated and clean. The park is at the entrance of Canyon de Chelly , so it is easy to drive to either the north or south rim from there. Horse rentals and jeep tours are available at nearby Thunderbird Lodge. Local artists will come by to offer their wares, but they were very polite. A very nice rustic camp site with easy access to gorgeous Canyon de Chelly. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Camped in a 40' RV. Campground is now run by the Navajo and they charge a $10 per night fee. Did not see any security at night. Locals come in to fill water jugs, and dogs still wander the campground. There is a dump station and you can fill your water tank. Rest rooms have flush toilets and sinks but no showers. We were on site 7 and had Verizon cell, 3G and satellite TV. Be careful of the large rocks lining the road and parking sites. Would stay here again if in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very nice National Park campground. The campground is free, but I put $1 since it will not allow $0. The cottonwood trees are beautiful and cover the park. There is a picnic table and a fire pit at each site. The bathrooms are clean but there is no shower. Obviously the campground is close to the park and the rim drives. There is also convenient shopping. The sites are fairly level and vary in size. We had no trouble finding one for our 35' motorhome. The limit is 40' but we think there were some that were longer. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice park, newly paved interior road and sites. There are a few big rig sites that are pull throughs. No Verizon cell or internet signal in the campground. Horseback riding available and guided tours of the canyon. There was some sort of construction going on next to the park and we were awakened in the morning with heavy equipment beeping going on. Park is busy on the weekends but pretty quiet people-wise midweek. Did notice kids with their parents during the midweek: would think they should be in school. Noticed a few dogs loose but they weren't aggressive. The dump station was open but we didn't check to see if there was potable water available. We noticed a deserted host site near the dump station that had a power box. Might be able to use it!!?? It was late in the season when we were here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a hard park to rate. Under most circumstances, a dry camping park like this would get a 9 rating. It is free. It has large shade trees. The roads and site parking spaces are paved (in perfect condition). There are bathrooms and showers. It's not crowded. However, the location is the big negative. It is on the outskirts of the sad looking Navajo town of Chinle. There is no access control, so the locals use it like a city park. People are constantly cruising through. Most are families, but many are kids and persons of questionable looks. Packs of dogs roam the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
While you cannot beat the price, there are no hook-ups and no services available here. There are bathrooms, but they were heavily used by both campers and locals, so although cleaned daily were less than sparkling. The listing states there is a dump station and potable water, unfortunately the rangers said there was a problem with the well so no potable water was available. There was water for sale at the local market. You must be self-contained and well stocked. The canyon drives and tours made it well worthwhile, simply spectacular. We camped here in a Motorhome.
If you're self-contained, this is a great spot from which to explore Canyon de Chelly. Lovely location in a thicket of cottonwoods. The entire campground was just paved and there are a few pull-off sites parallel to the road, although no pull-throughs. Restrooms were locked in early November, along with half the campground, but you can't beat the price. Visitor's center is nearby, and you can walk next door to the Thunderbird Lodge to hire a guide for a Jeep tour of the canyon. Excellent location, if lacking in amenities. (This website won't allow me to enter a zero in price for campground, but it is absolutely free.) We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Beyond what was said in the previous review there are water hydrants in all of the loops but no way to fill a fresh water tank as there are no threads on the hydrants. Also, no water is available in town. You might, repeat, might be able to fill at the camp host site. There lots of goat head puncture burrs all over the unpaved areas so watch pets' paws. Generator hours are 6 AM to 8:30 PM. October is a popular time of year, but there were many open sites the two nights we were there. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
All the roads and pads were black topped in early October. Points off for no hook ups and not taking reservations, which is especially inconvenient if you have a big rig and fewer choices of sites. That said, the campground is free, and it is one of the prettiest campgrounds we've stayed at in 3 years of full time RVing. The cottonwoods are gorgeous and offer wonderful shade. The sites are spacious, and the host was friendly. And you couldn't have a better location for visiting Canyon de Chelly. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a free campground. Find a space and pull into the site. There are no reservations. There is a water outlet on the grounds. We walked to the Thunderbird Cafeteria a half block away. We enjoyed the food. We were somewhat annoyed by dogs barking all night long in the area. The host was very helpful. We showered in our trailer with on board water. Our site was shaded. The dusty roads were wetted down by highway staff. There is a dump station in the park close to the host site. Picnic tables were provided. The area is plagued with millions of ants. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a free campground inside park boundaries that offers only restrooms, no showers. There is a park host on site so we felt safe. It is a pretty campground with lots of shade trees. The sites are on the small size, but we saw big rigs squeeze in. There were a lot of stray dogs roaming around which caused problems for RVers trying to walk their pets. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Perfect location for touring north rim & south rim of Canyon de Chelly. Nice sites with plenty of room for our 30' 5er. Campground is free, but I had to put $1 to get review accepted. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a nice park, especially for free! However during the winter, there is no water so be sure to fill your tanks before arriving. There was one water source in the picnic area but you will have to 'fill and haul' as it is 40 feet from the parking area. The campground had most of the loops closed and one restroom open. The website says only 40 foot or smaller but there were at least 3 sites that would accommodate larger. There is LOTS of local traffic coming in to 'hang out' and use the rest rooms and get water so beware. I talked to a maintain worker who said that they water is not turned back on until April. It was definitely a great place to camp for a few days if you are prepared. I went by the Spider Rock campground and it was very muddy due to the recent snows. No way I would take my rig in there! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Great location and, since we stayed in October, the leafy cottonwood trees were just gorgeously golden. Some bathrooms were closed for winter already, but there were some facilities, which we didn't use. Tight spots, but worth it after a day of touring the canyon. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great location; nice park. No hookups, showers, etc., but clean bathrooms and decent level sites, each with table and BBQ. I don’t see how they can offer this facility free of charge but was glad they did. We would return here in the unlikely event we want to revisit Canyon de Chelly (don't get me wrong; it is definitely worth one visit). We camped here in a Motorhome.
No cost, no frills NPS park for campers visiting Canyon de Chelly. No hookups, or showers,with bathooms and water nearby. Lots of trees with sites on the small side although there were a few larger sites available. Overall, an adequate place to stay for night or two. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is actually a nice park, with lots of shade, and is inside the park and adjacent to the Thunderbird Lodge and Canyon Tours. As noted by other reviewers, this campground offers no hook-ups, which is the biggest problem. The bathrooms were clean, but there are no showers. We didn't have any problem with mosquitoes, but the ants were terrible (make sure you bring a bag of ant killer granules to spread over your campsite). It's fine for an overnight stay, but you really need at least a power hook-up to stay any longer. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Site is free, no reservations taken, but there were plenty of sites available. There are limited sites for long RV's, but plenty were available during our stay in August. There was generous space between sites. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring/BBQ. There is plenty of shade from tall trees. The national park visitor center is within walking distance up the hill. Bathrooms were adequate, typical national park facilities. Generator usage was 6:00 am - 8:30 pm. Our "6" rating is only because of the lack of hookups. This is a very nice public campground and perfect for a visit to Canyon de Chelly. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Free campground and worth exactly what was spent. Thoroughly dreadful experience with horrific clouds of mosquitoes with blood appetites to make Vlad the Impaler blush, ants on every conceivable flat surface and filthy unflushed toilets. This could be a great dry campground with even a little effort at management - it's bewildering why the Park Service doesn't recruit a local concessionaire and charge a minimum fee that would maintain and improve the place. The location is fabulous there is little competition and there was quite a demand. The big upside was the reminder of how good it was not to be tenting. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a FREE Department of the interior campground. There are NO hookups, but the campground is very pleasant with large trees. There are rest rooms with Lavatories and running water toilets, but no showers. We aren't huge on dry camping, but this was a very nice park for an overnight. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Not for those that like hookups. Generator hours start at 6:00AM. There is water and a dump station available. There are also flush toilets and cold water wash stands in the bathrooms. There are some long pull through sites, but many sites are short enough that tow or towed vehicles must be unhooked. All the sites are generously spaced. The campground is actually free, but this website would not accept zero in the nightly rate. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Park is "OK" but going downhill since they don't seem to come around to clean the sites as people leave as they used to. There are also packs of dogs roaming uncontrolled inside the campground, trying to find food, water, etc; and although they didn't seem threatening to us, people with pets had to be very careful. The locals seem to just let them go after they grow older. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park located next to the visitor center for Canyon de Chelly is free. Yes, free. There are no hook-ups, but a dump station and water for fill-up are available. The location is excellent for visiting Canyon de Chelly and taking side trips such as Monument Valley. It has beautiful cottonwood trees for shade. We stayed 5 nights. Rangers speak frequently at the campground re: Navajo culture, pottery, and the geology of the canyon. The hosts were terrific. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a free, public campground. There are a few sites (mainly in Loop 1) for 40' RVs, but they go early.
No reservations. The campground is nice for a few days of dry camping while exploring the Canyon de Chelly area. Picnic tables and grills at your site. The sites are fairly widely spaced apart. Off season we arrived about noon and got one of the few remaining sites large enough for us. Nice place and nice campground
overall. We camped here in a camper.
Spider Rock is a pristine, isolated, glorious spot for DRY camping, 9.7 miles inside the Park entrance, on a good paved road. Potable water and dump site are available; primitive toilets are clean. Campground host is accommodating and helpful. A mellow guy. He also gave us a private jeep tour of the Canyon. This is a peaceful, perfect spot: one which we hated to leave. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We found this campground to be a wonderful, "real world," Colorado-plateau, mesa-top experience. Unlike another local park (which, while a nice enough, shady, campground in a cottonwood grove, is NPS "plain vanilla,"with little separation from your neighbor), the campsites here are tucked among the pinion-pines and junipers found on top of the mesa. It is hard-soil dry-camping, bring your own drinkable water; the toilets are outhouse (but well-maintained), so we mostly used our own. The owner and his dog were extremely friendly and lead outings into the canyon, and the rates ($10/night for tent or pop-up) are good for a private campground. Big class A's and B's, and big trailers, might have some problem negotiating the campsite roads to the better sites, which wind among the trees, but for those of us with smaller trailers, no problem. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
The web page for this campground is deceptive. If you like camping in a landfill or in a debris field after a major earthquake: then you will love this place. I wasn’t sure if it was the abandoned trailers with broken windows or the plywood lean-to pit toilets that was the most disgusting. We called the listed phone number and left a message. Never received a return call. Drove the 9 miles from the park visitor center and attempted to make contact in the office which was surrounded by debris and trash. No one at the office or anywhere on site. Nothing is level and you can’t tell the muddy roads from the campsites. The Cottonwood campground is fine. Spider rock is not worth the drive from the visitor center. Put this on your do not camp list! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Great place! Short on amenities, though they do have Wi-Fi, potable water and porta-poties. You can make reservations here, which is a plus. The owner is a wonderful guy. The resident dog, Boy, is also great, and a wonderful guide on the trail which starts in the park and leads to the canyon and some ruins. Nice fairly secluded spots and a great place to stay! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This campground is dry camping. The sites are not gravel just dirt. The campground is in a beautiful spot but the dilapidated outhouses spoil the view. There are low shrub trees but they are not tall enough for shade. I don't know if maneuvering big rigs is possible on the roads. Internet access was $3 a day for partial day use and connection was spotty. Campground was 10 miles out of town which was OK but the free campground was in town and had much better facilities and sites. We would not go back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Remote, no power or water (at the time we stayed). However, the site was peaceful, with a nice trail leading off to the canyon and the aroma of sage and pinon in the air. The camp host, Howard, was very friendly, as were his two dogs and cat "Monday". We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
If you are adventurous and looking for a unique spot, this is it. The setting is classic southwest Pinyon-Juniper country. The sites are laid out in a thoughtful manner to enjoy the natural surroundings. Howard was cheerful on our arrival even though we had no reservation. The walking trail provided a really magical opportunity to see a part of the canyon not generally accessible, walk it in beauty!!! It's not "developed" but integrated into the beautiful locale. We awoke to a visit from a mountain bluebird; now that's happiness. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was a really neat, but very basic campground. It is in the heart of the Canyon de Chelly area, and has wonderful short trails that can be taken without a guide. There are hogans available, and if you want a more “authentic” stay, these are the cats meow. 4 of our party did so and felt this was the best campground that we stayed in all week. But, those of us in the RV used our own shower and bathroom as the “facilities” were extremely basic. There was water and dump available, but we waited until our next night out. The campground host is wonderful and very accommodating. If you realize going to this site, that it is basic, and very red dirt, you will LOVE it!! We camped here in a Motorhome.
I have to say we loved this place although it has absolutely no services whatsoever. The only bathrooms are outhouses and we did not check those out. They do have water available at the camp office, but none at the campsites. It really gives you the feeling of camping, in case you've forgotten after staying in all those paved RV parks! The ground here is the same red color as the rocks in Canyon de Chelly, and it is real dirt. The campground is set in the scrub on Canyon de Chelly's south rim and owned by a Navajo man we never saw. He has a resident camp host, a woman, who is quite a character, but checked us in efficiently and then came by later to see if we needed anything. We stayed here in October and we were told it would not be a problem running our generator as they did not have any tent campers then. I don't know what the policy would be during the summer. There are two friendly camp dogs, and a one mile hike you can take to the canyon's edge. My husband did the hike and said the scenery was spectacular. So, if you're in for a little bit of roughing it, this may be the spot for you. We loved the feeling of truly being out in the middle of nowhere. We camped here in a Motorhome.
If you want to see Canyon de Chelly, stay at the free NPS campground. If you want to experience Canyon de Chelly, stay at Spider Rock. It is an experience. The silence is amazing. Bring your generator. Fill your fresh water supply. Then prepare yourself for an adventure. When you first pull in the campground looks deserted and junky. The roads are rutted. But, you need to look past that. It is an amazing and magical place to stay. Make sure to hike on the walking trail. The closer you get to the canyon, the more silent the world becomes. Howard is super nice and an incredible host. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We're the ones the previous poster referred to that got stuck. Actually, we have a '39 5th wheel and a F350 Ford dually. The dually could get through the mud but no traction to pull anything. Not a place for big rigs and would not come here again with the '39 footer. But: very nice for smaller rigs as long is weather good. Rain makes a goo stew. Manager is a nice guy and the area is gorgeous. Have fun. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is an interesting place to stay at, much more secluded than the free campground located off the mesa. You are surrounded by pinion trees and other scrub plants, and all the sites are dirt and generally not level. Howard has a rim hike on the property that's absolutely awesome. You can be completely alone and reflect on how the native people lived here. Howard's two dogs kept me company on my hike, keeping me entertained by scaring the heck out of some wandering sheep. If it happens to rain while you are here, have fun getting out if you don't have 4 wheel drive. The dirt here turns to grease when wet making it tough getting out without a trailer, probably impossible with one. One party here with me had to stay an extra day because they got stuck trying to get their 30' 5th out, and they had a 4x4 Dodge dually. Once it dries it's fine, but forget coming here during the wet months in an RV. There is a dump station here and some non-potable water. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a very special place. It's actually within the Navajo Reservation and very close to Wild Cherry Canyon which leads into Canyon de Chelly. There are no facilities, and very few campsites are suitable for big rigs, but they are wonderful. The place has a wonderful, remote feeling to it. There is a trail that leads along the edge (yes, edge) of the canyon that is wonderful to hike. Warning, the entrance drive is rutted and will require some planning to get through. In fact, I walked the entire route to the campsite to make sure it was doable. No problem if you take it slow. The owner is wonderful and keeps working to improve things. RVs should arrive with full gas tanks for 7:00 am to 9:00 pm generator use if you desire it, full water, and empty holding tanks. We camped here in a Motorhome.