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Chaco Canyon area lodging?

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San Leandro, CA
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Chaco Canyon area lodging?

Planning a 6-day trip to Southwest. A few questions:

*Leaving Mesa Verde and heading toward Chaco, is Farmington the logical place to sleep? (we're not camping.)

*Is spending one day at Chaco "enough", or will we hate ourselves if we don't plan at least two days there?

*Where is the smartest/most logical place to sleep AFTER we visit Chaco? (From Chaco, we'll head next to Window Rock and Canyon de Chelly.) I don't want to overload us with driving in one day (Farmington to Chaco in a.m., spending the day in Chaco, then driving to sleep in .....where?)

THANK YOU for any help you can offer! :)

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1. Re: Chaco Canyon area lodging?

Bloomfield is closer to Chaco than Farmington, but not by much. You could go to either place for lodging and restaurants.

Get a really early start, and one day at Chaco would get you most of the sites. Remember, if you are renting a car, check with the agency about driving on the 19 miles of gravel road into the park. And, if you are doing this trip in the next couple of months, check the weather. That 19 miles can be treacherous, as it is mostly a clay base, and can be quite slippery.

Coming out of Chaco, your best bet is back to Bloomfield/Farmington. US-64, 160, 197 is the quickest way to Canyon de Chelly. From there, you would go to Window Rock.

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2. Re: Chaco Canyon area lodging?

Thank you SO much! Really helpful info. I appreciate you taking the time to help.

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