Update on April Chaco Camping Trip with POPs


Good afternoon, adventurers.
We have confirmed firm dates of 4/18&19 for camping at Chaco and are on standby for 4/20. We will be in Group Campsite 1. The campsite has 5 picnic tables and plenty of room for several tents. From the campsite, we can hike in several directions and we can ride bicycles to all of the trailheads on a paved one way road that loops around the Canyon. Some of the largest dwellings in al of the Ancestral Pueblo world will be able to be explored. Geni and I drove down to the NP a few weeks ago and the road is good until the last 5 miles.Then it gets rough, but able to be navigated by Subarus or similar vehicles. We plan on driving down on Thursday morning and definitely staying through Friday night. If a one night reservation clears up on our site, we will notify everyone. Some alternate plans could include a simple day trip as the drive time was 2:15 from the vicinity of First Pres.

Some alternate plans could include a simple day trip as the drive time was 2:15 from the vicinity of First Pres. Ann St. John has a Subaru and suggested that she wanted to do the day trip and would be happy to have a few folks ride with her. Her phone number is ‭(970) 259-3978‬. Probably, we should plan on a meeting on Sunday, 4/14 after church.

If you want to camp with your dog there are a few restrictions. Pets are not permitted in the archeological sites, the front country trails or at the Visitor Center. Pets must be leashed while in the park. Pets may not be left unattended in parking areas or at the campground. Pet excrement must be picked up and disposed of inis an appropriate receptacle. Pets are permitted on designated backcountry trails including: Pueblo Alto Complex trail, Penasco Blanco trail, Tsin Kletsin trail and Wijiji trail.

Gary and Cathy Jonesare planning to use their trailer to camp. There are no sites available in the park for trailer camping on April 18 or 19.  But on the road to the park from Hwy 550 is a Navajo run RV park called Horse Thief. It’s about 12 miles from the park.  It is basic with only a pit toilet, but plenty of room for RV’s. They say it is fenced and has a security camera.  On the internet they charge $40 per night and it has a self-serve kiosk. Stay with your trailer at this camp and join our group during the day for seeing the dwellings and hiking on the back country trails.

So far, we have six campers confirmed plus Jones’ and can definitely take 10+ in total.  There is quite a bit of information on the Web site for Chaco. Please check out the various activities we can consider. Additionally there are running water and restrooms near the camp site.
Please call me, Geni Miller or Gary and Cathy Jones for any questions.  We are definitely planning on a grand adventure.
Have a Great Day!

Steve Parker
bsparker116@gmail.com
970.946.9551