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1 RV Park near Shonto, Arizona
Sep 2019 - $1.00
This is a hidden gem. It's 9 miles to the park on a paved road. We stayed at Sunset campground in a pull thru site. We have a 28 ft Airstream & there were only 2-3 sites that would have worked for us. We arrived early afternoon & the selection was good. There were a good number of back in smaller sites. There is a mens & women bath rooms with running water but no showers. There is also an outdoor sink for washing dishes. You can fill a water jug here but there is no other source for water. We signed up for the 8 AM ranger guided hike into the canyon to visit the cliff dwellings. Our native American ranger made this hike the highlight of our month long Utah/Az trip. The hike is strenuous - you descend 900 ft into the canyon which is a magical place. You get close to the cliff dwellings but do not walk thru them. The hike back is tough but the stone steps ( approx 900) are in good shape. - Penfield Pathfinder
Jun 2019 - $1.00
One of my favorite overnight stops along the way from Arizona to Colorado or Utah. Sunset area has fully paved roads and sites. Dry camping, but water is available in the Sunset area as is a grey water dump sink. First come, first served with pull throughs and back ins available; leveling can be a challenge at some sites. Drive the entire loop to check out the sites first; shade is at a premium! Nice visitor center where you can sign up for ranger led hikes to Keet Seel ruins (difficult) and Betatakin (moderate) as well as information on trails you can do on your own. Native American artisans sometimes demonstrate their skills in the visitor center and there are 2 short movies that continuously loop. Nothing else around so have all your necessities before turning up the road. About 10 degrees cooler than 9 miles down the road to Highway 160. - pyrthkr
May 2019 - $1.00
We stayed in the Canyon View Campground for 1 night in our 32' Class A Motorhome. The price is right.... zero ($0) to stay! I stopped at the visitor center and asked for details. They gave me a map of the monument area (which is excellent!). I asked if I could stay in the Canyon View campground since I had read that my 32' would fit there. The person at the desk said OK, just stay wherever I wanted. I asked if there was a check-in procedure or payment required.... she said nope! So, I disconnected my toad (Jeep) and we proceeded. You drive to the end of the paved road, then about another 1/4 mile on dirt road to the sites. This road is very narrow and bumpy, but I made it OK. Then, at the sites, the Juniper tree limbs are very tight to the sites and the road. I actually had to scrape a couple of times against the side of my RV, but I did get a pull-through site. I only saw 2 pull-through sites and the remainder where back-ins. No facilities provided except a bathroom, which I did not even enter. The site are well spaced and have lots of juniper, pines, cactus and other scrub bushes. My site was about 200 yards from the edge of the cliff face of the canyon, which is VERY deep and VERY impressive. The ancient Puebla Indians made homes in the cliff face below where the sites are located. To view them, you can walk a 1.3 mile round trip path from the visitor center which takes you on the opposite side of the canyon, where you can view these homes carved into the sandstone cliffs (from around the year 1200). Unfortunately, I didn't have time to do the hike. This was a quiet place to spend the night. I did see about 4 or 5 rigs come through during my day there. I really think this campground is more suited for smaller rigs than my 32' Motorhome, but it can be done! - Steve Lewis