Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Feature


Best Campgrounds in Black Canyon of the Gunnison

There are three campgrounds in Black Canyon National Park. The small North Rim Campground is first-come, first served, and is closed in the winter. Vehicles longer than 35 feet are discouraged from this campground. South Rim Campground is considerably larger, and has a loop that's open year-round. Reservations are accepted in South Rim Loops A and B. Power hookups only exist in Loop B. The East Portal campground is at the bottom of the steep East Portal Road and is open whenever the road is open. It offers 15 first-come, first-serve tent sites in a pretty setting. Water has to be trucked up to the campgrounds, so use it in moderation; it's shut off in mid-to-late September. Generators are not allowed at South Rim and are highly discouraged on the North Rim.

East Portal Campground. Its location next to the Gunnison River makes it perfect for fishing. East Portal Rd., 5 miles from the main entrance.

North Rim Campground. This small campground, nestled amid pine trees, offers the basics along the quiet North Rim. North Rim Rd., 11ΒΌ miles from Rte. 92.

South Rim Campground. Stay on the canyon rim at this main campground right inside the park entrance. Loops A and C have tent sites only. The RV hookups are in Loop B, and those sites are priced higher than those in other parts of the campground. It's possible to camp here year-round (Loop A stays open all winter), but the loops are not plowed, so you'll have to hike in with your tent. South Rim Rd., 1 mile from the visitor center.

Updated: 2014-03-11

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