Camp Syncro 2012
Camp Syncro for 2012 was mostly at Cotonwood Campground across from the entrance to Canyon de Chelly. This campground provided dappled shade from groves of cottonwood trees and reasonable space between sites. It is a convenient jumping-off point to thr north rim, south rim and other sites in the region. We stayed at Cottonwood on Sunday & Monday nights, then back again on Wednesday through Friday nights.
Here's more info on the site & camping:
Cottonwood Campground Accommodations
• Includes 93 sites divided into 4 areas
• Each space accomodates one vehicle up to 40' in length
• Each space has a table and BBQ stand
• Piped water is available
• There are 4 restrooms, with flush toilets and sinks
• Public telephones are available at the Thunderbird Lodge Cafeteria
• NO Fire Rings / NO Showers
• Quiet hours are 8:30PM to 6:00 AM. No loud music or generators during these hours.
• Alcoholic beverages are illegal on the Navajo reservation.
• Camp sites are available on a first come first served basis.
• R.V.’s or vehicles over 40 feet cannot be accommodated.
• No overnight parking along roads, parking lots, picnic area, or at the overlooks.
• All vehicles must be parked in camp site. No vehicles allowed on the campground road.
• No camp fires at any camp site (except group area).
• Cooking is allowed in grills only, and you must provide your own charcoal.
• Collecting wood in the park is prohibited.
• Pets must be kept on a leash and pet waste must be collected and properly disposed of in the provided receptacles.
• Livestock is not permitted in the Campground.
• All waste water must be emptied in the proper receptacle designated at the dump station.
• Washing vehicles, dishes, pots, hair or bathing at outdoor water faucets and/or the dump station is prohibited.
• Do not feed stray animals.
GPS Location Info:
N: 36.148423 deg
W: 109.539344 deg
For more info:
Cottonwoon Costs: Each space cost $10/night. Up to February 2012 this has been a free campground, but the new management plan requires the fee .
Spider Rock - Undeveloped Campsite
Tuseday evening, July 10th we enjoyed camping in an undeveloped area at the base of Spide Rock. This is on private property and we made arrangements with the landowner and paid a fee for our group to camp there. Note that this is NOT Spider Rock Campground which is a private campground on the south rim of the canyon. This site is deep inside the canyon.
This site is an undeveloped area, with no water, no tables, and no convenient toilet facilities. We provided our own water, chairs, potty, and everything else required. The evening meal on Tuesday evening was prepared for us by local Navajo.
Considering camping at Canyon de Chelly on your trip? Definitely contact a Navajo guide and make arrangements to stay inside the canyon!
Spider Rock Undeveloped Camping Costs:
For our group of 14 Syncros - $30 NPS permit fee + $40 landowner fee = $70 for Tuesday night.