Cottonwood Campground, Canyon de Chelly National Park, Chinle, Arizona

Cottonwood Campground, Canyon de Chelly National Park, Chinle, Arizona

Cottonwood Campground, Canyon de Chelly National Park, Chinle, Arizona

Cottonwood Campground, Canyon de Chelly National Park, Chinle, Arizona

Cottonwood Campground, Canyon de Chelly National Park, Chinle, Arizona

Cottonwood Campground, Canyon de Chelly National Park, Chinle, Arizona

Cottonwood Campground, Canyon de Chelly National Park, Chinle, Arizona

Cottonwood Campground, Canyon de Chelly National Park, Chinle, Arizona

Cottonwood Campground, Canyon de Chelly National Park, Chinle, Arizona

Cottonwood Campground, Canyon de Chelly National Park, Chinle, Arizona

Cottonwood Campground, Canyon de Chelly National Park, Chinle, Arizona

Cottonwood Campground, Canyon de Chelly National Park, Chinle, Arizona

Cottonwood Campground, Canyon de Chelly National Park, Chinle, Arizona

Cottonwood Campground, Canyon de Chelly National Park, Chinle, Arizona

We always adore the National Park sites and campgrounds. Canyon de Chelly (pronounced ” d’ shay ” ) is really a unique park in which it‘s a cooperative union from the Navajo Nation and our National Park system. The park is spectacular, with sandstone canyon walls and interesting rock formations and in fact the history from the Navajo tribes who still live inside the canyon today.

Cottonwood Campground, Canyon de Chelly National Park, Chinle, Arizona

There will be tight restrictions on visitors and touring from the canyon. The Cottonwood Campground is adjacent towards the Visitor’s Center and located in the entrance from the park. Arrivals are first come, first served and We‘re concerned as these scenarios never seem to sort out well for those,
however we arrived to get yourself a fairly empty campground, though it was Spring Break and peak season to the canyon had just begun. Campground fees are low, at $14 a night at that time in our visit. The camp sits among a grove of Cottonwood trees providing shade to most sites in Loops 2 or 3. Sites in Loop 1 tend to be more open. Interior roads are paved, along with site pads. Sites are primitive with no hookups, although potable water and also a dump station is available. A Each site offers a picnic table, although we found we couldn’t use ours as well as space around our camp because of red anthills and cottonwood thorns through the entire site. Overall, the camp seemed neglected to us, with overgrown grasses and also the ant issues. Much more disappointing to us was the inaccessibility from the canyon towards the camp. We‘d hoped that many of us would have the ability to enjoy canyon views from or near to camp, but instead we found ourselves gazing at dilapidated buildings and trash adjacent towards the property. We had originally intended to remain here two nights, but with such poor campground conditions, we made a decision to leave each day earlier and head to our next destination after viewing the canyon via a Navajo guided tour. Most camping visitors seemed to do the same thing so we noticed plenty of late arrivals and early departures in your 24 hours here. A lodge (not as grand as a number of our other National Park lodges ) is adjacent towards the campground, in addition to a gift shop, horse tours and also the Visitor’s Center. Navajo demonstrations inside the Visitor’s Center were interesting to watch and find out about the craftsmanship skills from the Navajo. The most loop road, which happens to be the only method to view the canyon with no guided Navajo tour, leads from camp towards the rim from the canyon and travels to varied viewpoints. A late spring, summer or early fall stay is recommended here, as winters are cold during this region.

Cottonwood Campground, Canyon de Chelly National Park, Chinle, Arizona

Location
Best Sites : Sites in Loops 2 & 3
Poor Sites : Sites in Loop 1
Hookups : None
Potable Water : Yes
Dump Within Facility : Yes

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