"Everything but the kitchen sink" Chaco Canyon National Monument Packing List Tip by goodfish

  Pueblo Alto trail, Chaco Culture NHP
by goodfish

Luggage and bags: Daypacks

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Lightweight clothing for summer, sunglasses, hat, sturdy shoes with a decent tread. Pack layers, long underwear and gloves for winter. A poncho for rain is probably a good idea.

Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you have specific issues such as diabetes, insect allergies, asthma or other challenges requiring specific or immediate medication, make SURE you have your inhalers, anaphylaxis antidotes, insulin, etc. along as you will be a long way from a hospital. A spare pair of prescription glasses are a good idea too. A first-aid kit, sunscreen and wet wipes are musts.

Photo Equipment: Extra batteries and memory chips. A zoom lens is great if you have one

Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Besides the usual: FOOD, firewood or charcoal (none available at the park), coolers with ice, flashlight, extra batteries and something to haul drinking water in. A thermos for toting hot beverages would be good if visiting during the winter.

Miscellaneous: For day-tripping: FOOD, cooler with ice, beverages other than water, large water bottles, binoculars, and make sure your gas and radiator tanks have plenty in them and your tires aren't low. Coming in the recommended route, the convenience store near Nageezi is the last and best place to stop and make a double-check to see if you have everything you need. It's 21 miles back there from the park on 13 miles of slow, teeth-rattling, washboard dirt road if you spaced off your lunch.

Phone: (505) 786-7014
Website: http://www.nps.gov/chcu/index.htm

Review Helpfulness: 3 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 23, 2011
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