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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Travel Guide

Park Essentials


South Rim Visitor Center is accessible to people with mobility impairments, as are most of the sites at South Rim Campground. Drive-to overlooks on the South Rim include Tomichi Point, the alternate gravel viewpoint at Pulpit Rock (the main one is not accessible), Chasm View (gravel), Sunset View, and High Point. Balanced Rock (gravel) is the only drive-to viewpoint on the North Rim. None of the park’s hiking trails are accessible by car.

Park Fees and Permits

Entrance fees are $15 per week per vehicle. Visitors entering on bicycle, motorcycle, or on foot pay $7 for a weekly pass. To access the inner canyon, you must pick up a wilderness permit (no fee).

Park Hours

The park is open 24/7 year-round. It’s in the mountain time zone.


The park has no ATMs. The nearest ATMs are in Montrose.

Automobile Service Stations

Cell-Phone Reception

Cell-phone reception in the park is unreliable and sporadic. There are public telephones at South Rim Visitor Center and South Rim Campground.


In the event of a medical or police emergency, dial 911. Medical assistance is available at South Rim Visitor Center and, in summer, at the North Rim ranger station. Report fires to either of those locations.

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