• The Gallo Campground at Chaco Culture National Historic Park will reopen soon at 50% capacity.
  • Demand for the camping spaces is expected to be high.
  • Many park employees who have been working remotely will return to in-person work soon.

FARMINGTON — One of San Juan County’s bigger tourist attractions will take a step toward normal operations April 1 when the campground at Chaco Culture National Historic Park opens to visitors again for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Nathan Hatfield, the chief of interpretation at Chaco and at Aztec Ruins National Monument, said Chaco’s Gallo Campground will open at 50% capacity on that date, allowing visitors to the park to remain overnight. But the park’s two group camping sites — each of which can accommodate 30 people — remain closed.

The visitor centers at Chaco and at Aztec Ruins also have been closed during the pandemic and will remain closed when the campground opens. But Hatfield said he anticipates they will open their doors soon.

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