Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (Near Tomichi Point)
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (Near Tomichi Point) (Lisa Lynch/National Park Service)

The park has two campgrounds, one on each rim. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Water must be used sparingly because it has to be hauled by tank trucks. Each campsite has its own fireplace or charcoal grill, and a table. Wood gathering is not permitted, nor is wood provided. Bring charcoal, or wood, and water with you. There is a nominal camping charge.

The South Rim Campground (102 sites) offers pit toilets, tables, and grills (no hookups). Sites are usually available even on the busiest weekends. The North Rim Campground (13 sites) has similar amenities, but occasionally fills. Although there are no group sites, groups can generally be accommodated at the South Rim Campground. All sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations).

Although the Gunnison River is just 2,000 feet below, all water used on the rim must be hauled in. Therefore, please conserve water. Water is available from mid-May to mid-October at the campgrounds and at Gunnison Point and Pulpit Rock. Plan to bring your own water at other times of the year.

Additional campgrounds, some offering hookups, are available at Curecanti National Recreation Area, and Ridgway Lake and Crawford Lake State Recreation Areas. Private campgrounds are located near Montrose, Delta, and Cimarron.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 11 Oct 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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