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 define the landscape and rock climbing is only to be attempted by expert climbers. Also of note is the nearby Gunnison River Diversion Tunnel. When first constructed it was an engineering marvel and the longest irrigation tunnel in the world. Camp is open May through mid-October.
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Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
15 sites
Up to guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at East Portal Campground.

River, stream, or...
Swimming hole
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Allie C.
recommends this listing.
December 30th, 2018

It is in the canyon so the weather will definitely cool down fast. You are camping in designated spots next to the parking area and bathrooms. Great fly fishing for browns and rainbows.

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August 8th, 2018
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May 11th, 2018
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November 16th, 2017
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
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38.527° N, 107.65° W
Tent / RV / Trailer: 15 Sites
(Up to people per site)

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