Chaco Camp/Hike/Bike

October 15, 2021 9:00 AM - October 17, 2021 9:00 PM
S Mesa Trail, Nageezi, NM 87037, USA

Friday, Oct. 15, 2021-Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021: Chaco Canyon Camp, Hike and Bike. Camp at Gallo Campground in Chaco Canyon National Historic Park on Friday night. Leaders have reserved Group Campsite #1 at Gallo Campground for Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16.  Those using the group campsite are encouraged to chip in and help the leaders defray the cost.  Group campsites are limited to 20 occupants.  The first 20 outing registrants to indicate they intend to stay in the group site will have claim to a site.  Others wishing to camp at Gallo Campground should secure campsites early by going to  Come and enjoy the evening sky and meet new friends. Group will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at the Pueblo Alto trail head and hike to Pueblo Alto and New Alto ruins. This four-mile hike will cover steep, rocky terrain at the start and then climb gradually over 500 feet to the Chacoan sites above. We will stop for many photo ops and to view the interesting geology, plant life and spectacular vistas above the canyon. After we descend we will have lunch and the group will convene at the visitors’ center, mount bikes and ride the 10 mile Canyon Loop Drive and visit the major ruins such as Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl on the way.  If participants choose not to join in the bike tour, they are on their own.  For those who opt for the second day's outing, we will hike to Wiijiji Ruins in the Chaco National Historic Park, a four mile round trip hike to a large, interesting ruin.  This hike is rated as "Easy" as hikers trek over flat terrain with little elevation gain. This outing is appropriate for minors 16 or over accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No dogs. Due to the rough road conditions entering the park, a vehicle with adequate clearance is highly recommended.  Register for this outing no later than Sunday, October 10.  A list of recommended gear and any added information will be sent to registrants on Monday, October 11.  Contact the outings leaders for further information

Trip Leader: Hart Pierce,, (505) 320-1055/Terry Owen,, (505) 301-4349

Level: Moderate

Cost: Park admission and Camping fees are published on the website and very based on various discount levels, e.g. Golden Passport. For those using Group Campsite #1 there is an optional contribution to the cost of the campsite.

Signup Instructions: To register and sign required waivers you must go to Campfire or Those finding the outing on Meetup must register on the above sites.

Bring: Recommended gear and apparel, etc., will be sent to registrants on Tuesday, October 11.

Signup Restrictions: Registration must be done on Campfire or by Sunday, October 10. Group will be capped at 20. Waivers must be signed on Campfire.

Additional Directions: Chaco Culture National Historic Park and Burro Campground can be reached via US 550 (from north or south). Turn west at Navajo 7061 across highway from Sinclair station (44 Store) Proceed until pavement ends and turn left on SJC 7950. Follow signs to CCNHP and Burro CG. @ 25 miles.

Cancellation Policy: Heavy rain cancels

To register Click Here