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Chaco Canyon

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Chaco Canyon

We are looking at an RV (rental) trip around the 4 Corners and would like to visit Chaco Canyon. We are painfully aware of the challenging road conditions for the last 20-30 miles into Chaco. Anybody have experience in driving an RV to Chaco? Are there rental agencies that will allow one to take one of their vehicles into Chaco Canyon? Also what seems to be the best time of year to drive an RV when there is the least chance of rain and bad roads?

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1. Re: Chaco Canyon

You would have to contact the RV rental places about driving on gravel roads. Most AUTO rentals do not allow it.

Late April and May are good months to visit Chaco. Not really hot yet, and the spring rains (which we haven't had for a few years), are over. You will have to contend with some pretty stiff winds in April, but they are usually done by May.

Mid-September and October are good months also. Hot summer weather is over, the monsoon season is over, and days are warm.

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May - June would be best ... Before the summer "monsoon" season starts ... Your proposed route needs to be discussed with the agency prior to rental ... Only way to know for sure what the limitations are ... carracar

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www.nps.gov/chcu/planyourvisit/directions.htm

I have not found the road from Nageezi to be all that bad. Do not try to drive into the park from the south.

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The campground at Chaco now takes reservations on recreation.gov, It would be nice to split the drive with an overnight out there:

nps.gov/chcu/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm

I taught out there for quite a number of years & the winds in March- April can indeed be something else!

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If you decide you'd rather not drive, I can highly recommend Journey Into the Past Tours (http://www.chacotours.org), based out of Salmon Ruins in Bloomfield, NM. I've done 3 tours to Chaco with them over the past few years. They provide transportation to the park. Their guides are professional archaeologists who are very knowledgeable about the ruins and the Ancestral Puebloans.

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