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Betty Brewer

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Where to Stay In Canyon De Chelly
« on: April 10, 2007, 03:16:59 PM »
We are planning a stop in Canyon De Chelly on our way to Moab.  Does anyone have a recommendation for a campground?  Or can you give us details on a campground there.

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Re: Where to Stay In Canyon De Chelly
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2007, 03:26:48 PM »
There is only one campground anywhere near Canyon de Chelly, that's the Cottonwood campground right at the park.  There are limited spaces for RVs over 34 feet, and lots of trees.  It's boondocking and free.  We'll be there about 4/22.
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Re: Where to Stay In Canyon De Chelly
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2007, 03:49:11 PM »
Chinle is pretty isolated. There's the campground in the park, free, no hookups, lots of stray dogs wandering around. There's also a campground 10 miles east on the south rim road http://www.spiderrockcampground.com/index.htm 

Is there a mini-rally happening at Canyon de Chelley??
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Re: Where to Stay In Canyon De Chelly
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2007, 04:05:24 PM »
Yep, there may be as many as 6 or more forum RVs there the week before Moab.  We may have a parking problem as we're all 38' or more.  What's the Spider Rock CG like for big rigs?  It may be an alternative if there isn't enough room for all of us.
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Re: Where to Stay In Canyon De Chelly
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2007, 04:35:40 PM »
Even though Canyon de Chelly is a National Park, it is run solely by the Navajos.  That tidbit will help explain a lot of things like a lot of loose dogs.

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Re: Where to Stay In Canyon De Chelly
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2007, 05:30:20 PM »
We're less than 38'.....is there room for us if we head south? All I know about Spider Rock is what I can see on their website....looks more open (ie, shorter trees) than Cottonwood. There's a couple of reviews at http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/Arizona/Chinle.html

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Re: Where to Stay In Canyon De Chelly
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2007, 05:36:15 PM »
I found the reviews after I posted earlier and it sounds like Spider Rock is even less suited for big rigs than Cottonwood.  Also, if it rains, it turns to mud.  I think we'll take our chances at Cottonwood.

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Re: Where to Stay In Canyon De Chelly
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2007, 12:31:21 AM »
We have camped at Cottonwood in Canyon De Chelly and it's fine.  Didn't see much of any dogs, and the sites will hold 38 foot coaches.  We thought it was actually quite nice and stayed several days before heading on to Moab a couple of years ago.  There are even a couple of "pull through" sites.

If there is lots of water in the canyon bottom, take the time to do a 6 wheel open air bus tour.  They have full day or half day tours.   When we were there the canyon water was high and it was a blast.

For those who like to hike, we signed up for a "White Horse" canyon hike with a Navajo.  It was about 4-5 miles round trip starting at White House trail and ending up back on the ridge.   It was very informative; but that may depend on your guide.   

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