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Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP South Rim Campground, CO

part ofBlack Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, National Park Service
Photo: Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP South Rim Campground
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


A camping trip to the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park makes for a beautiful getaway for sightseeing, rock climbing and hiking. The park protects the most dramatic section of the Gunnison River Canyon; no other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths of Black Canyon.

Natural Features:

Perched on the South Rim of the Black Canyon, this campground is surrounded by Pinyon pine, Juniper and Scrub oak forests.

Visitors can take in views of the Painted Wall, the highest cliff in Colorado. From river to rim, it stands 2,250 feet high - a remarkable 1,000 feet taller than the Empire State Building.


Take one of many spectacular hikes such as the Oak Flat Loop Trail, and watch for the black-billed magpie.

In summer, catch an evening educational program. In winter, try snowshoeing on Rim Rock Trail or go cross country skiing on South Rim Drive.


The campsite is open year round, but drinking water is only available mid-May through mid-October. Electric hookups are in Loop B only.

Nearby Attractions:

Head to the Cimarron Canyon Rail Exhibit, an old-fashioned locomotive at the last remaining railroad trestle on the Black Canyon of the Gunnison route.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Birding
  • Campfire Programs
  • Drinking Water
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Paved Roads
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • RV sites
  • Rock Climbing
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Self Pay Station
  • Snowshoeing
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Visitor Center
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Bears frequent the area; all food must be kept in approved containers
  • No water hookups
  • Unreliable cell phone reception; pay phone is available near campground
  • This is a high elevation facility, please use caution when traveling from lower elevations.
  • Weather varies greatly from canyon rim and canyon floor; bring appropriate clothing
  • Generator use is not permitted.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.55056, -107.68667
38°33'2"N, 107°41'12"W

The park is located approximately 250 miles SW of Denver. South Rim: 15 miles east of Montrose, via U.S. Hwy 50 and CO Hwy 347.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP South Rim Campground
11249-11007/11248-11006 Hwy. 347

Phone Number:

Project Office: (970)641-2337
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