Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

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About Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Imagine that the stately, steep Grand Canyon and a lush, robust riverside forest had a baby. That baby would be the spectacularly deep and awe inducing chasm that is the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Cutting deep into the earth, this sweet child of Mother Nature offers up some of Colorado’s most insane views and adventure opportunities. With highly skilled rock climbing routes and white water rafting you can have the ride of a lifetime or simply hike the rim and have your breath taken away by the views that drop deep to the canyon floor. The narrowest part of the canyon measures in at 40 feet wide, but Black Canyon is guaranteed to take up such a wide space in your heart, you’ll wanna visit this baby year after year.

Campgrounds in Black Canyon

South Rim

1. South Rim

The South Rim Campground is going to make you feel like you just moved right into the canyon! Nicely shaded sites have lots of privacy, so you...

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Sidney: The South Rim has a good amount of first-come, first-serve sites. I had no trouble finding and reserving a spot! Great privacy...
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East Portal

2. East Portal

Located two miles downstream of Crystal Dam at the bottom of Black Canyon, East Portal Campground is shaded by box elder trees. Steep canyon walls...

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North Rim

3. North Rim

Breathe in some crisp morning air and brew yourself a cup o’ joe on the campfire, North Rim Campground beckons an early start! You’re just steps...

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Sidney: The North Rim seems practically deserted compared to the South Rim. No problem at all finding and reserving a spot. Distance...
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Hipcamper Sidney

The South Rim has a good amount of first-come, first-serve sites. I had no trouble finding and reserving a spot! Great privacy between sites, and trees are abundant. No sinks or mirrors in bathrooms, but you'll survive. Great site!

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Hipcamper Sidney

The North Rim seems practically deserted compared to the South Rim. No problem at all finding and reserving a spot. Distance but not privacy between spots. Good tree coverage though. Maybe it was just when I went, but the North Rim was extremely windy!

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Hipcamper Melinda

We had such a good experience at the South Rim campground. We didn't have a reservation, but were able to grab a great site in loop C. The sites are fairly close together but there are trees and bushes separating all of them, so you feel fairly secluded. If you go, be sure to check out the evening ranger program and look through all of the astronomer's telescopes. We saw Jupiter, Saturn, a binary star and more!

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History of Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison was established as a U.S. National Monument on March 2, 1933. It became a National Park on October 21, 1999.During 1933-35, the Civilian Conservation Corps built the North Rim Road to design by the National Park Service. This includes fives miles of roadway and five overlooks; it is listed on the U.S.National Register of Historic Places as a historic district.