Description

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.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
15 sites
Up to guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Amenities
Potable water available
Picnic table available

Activities

Offered near the campground.

Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Paddling
Climbing
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at East Portal Campground.

Beach
Forest
River, stream, or...
Swimming hole
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Hipcamper Allie
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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Hipcamper Kristin M.
recommends this listing.
August 8th, 2018
Hipcamper Rob W.
recommends this listing.
May 11th, 2018
Hipcamper Michael  S.
recommends this listing.
November 16th, 2017
Park
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
State
Colorado
Country
United States
Phone Number
970-641-2337
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
38.527° N, 107.65° W
$12/night
Tent / RV / Trailer: 15 Sites
(Up to people per site)

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