Saturday, 11 April 2015

Campground Review - Chinle AZ

Cottonwood Campground in Canyon de Chelly National Monument, AZ
Chinle, AZ

One of the larger sites
Check with the visitor centre on arrival as they have ranger programs and a free walking tour. There is only one walk to the White House Ruins that you can do on your own. The other options are private walking tours, 4WD tours or horse trail tours

Why we chose here? There are only two campgrounds in Canyon de Chelly (pronounced shay), one near the visitor centre - Cottonwood and another – Spider Rock, a fair way in on the south rim.

Location: Drive to Chinle, AZ, then drive east. Coming out from the visitors centre, turn right, then turn right, then the campground will be on your left.

Sites: 92. Up to 35’. Most of the sites are difficult to get in to if you are large. The entries seem to be in the opposite direction than you are supposed to be driving. Lots of small sites. There is a dump, but no water in winter – they take the hoses away. There is only one tap in the middle of the campground. Ridiculous when the daytime temperatures are in the 70’s. 3 loops, but loop 3 is closed in winter.

Facilities: 3 restrooms, but only restroom in loop 1 is open in winter

Groceries: Shop before you come, nearest main town is Holbrook.

Reservations: not sure, we didn't

Cell Coverage / WiFi: 3G on Verizon wifi

Price Paid: $14 cash self-registration, Spider Rock campground is $10

Date of visit: 27 March 2015. The weather is beautiful, the days are sunny in the low 70’s, nights are chilly, around 40F. Warmer outside than in the trailer!

  • This is Navajo country, so you can't just go off walking by yourself
  • To make the most of your visit do one of the tours, then do the north rim drive and the south rim drive.
  • Unlike the rest of Arizona, they go onto daylight savings time
Would we come here again? Yes, if we wanted to see Canyon de Chelly again.

view of the campground

View of the campground

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