Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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17 mi 28 km of trail 4 Featured Runs

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Carved out over the course of nearly two million years, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is a dramatic destination for rock and river exploration. With sheer granite cliffs, narrow side canyons, and the rushing Gunnison River below, visitors can tap into the vast depth of geological time through a variety of outdoor adventures. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is one of the most striking natural destinations in Colorado whether you visit from above on the canyon rim or dive below onto the shores of the river.

To learn more about Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
Opening and closing dates and hours vary by season for the visitor centers. Check the park's website for current operating hours.

The South Rim Visitor Center is open year round, and closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and after 1 pm on December 24.
  • October 28 to April 15: 9 am to 4 pm
  • April 16 to May 25: 8 am to 5 pm
  • May 26 to September 4: 8 am to 6 pm
  • September 5 to September 30: 8 am to 5 pm

The North Rim Ranger Station is open periodically in the summer months. When closed, there is a self-pay station for the entrance fee and a self-registration board for wilderness permits.

Visiting Tips

The South Rim is open every day of the year. The South Rim Road is open to vehicles from early April to mid-November. During winter months, the South Rim Road is open to Gunnison Point. Past Gunnison Point, the road is closed to vehicles, but open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

The North Rim Road and ranger station are closed in the winter. The road usually closes in the end of November and re-opens in the middle of April. The East Portal Road is closed in the winter. The road usually closes in the end of November and re-opens in the middle of April. Information on road closures and current conditions can be found at the park's website.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

There are two campgrounds in the park with over 100 total campsites with a number of amenities for RVs or tent camping. For more information on camping in the park, click here.

  • South Rim Campground: $16 - $22 per night per site, open year round (Loop A only). Reservations can be made for Loops A and B.
  • North Rim Campground: $16 per night per site, open April to mid-November. Available on a first come, first served basis.
  • East Portal Campground: $16 per night per site, open mid-May to mid-September. Available on a first come, first served basis.

There is no additional lodging available within Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. There are a variety of lodging options in the nearby communities of Montrose and Gunnison.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free maps with information to help plan your visit, click here.

Food & Drink

There are no food or dining options within Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. For a variety of dining options or grocery stores, visit the nearby town of Montrose, 14 miles south from the South Rim.

After the Run: Local Favorites

El Jimador Great margs and lots of fun color decor.
Starvin' Arvin's Friendly service, giant "cat's head" biscuits and gravy. Delicious strawberry waffles.
Amelia's Everything!
Zack's BBQ Everyone was really friendly and the bbq was flavorful and moist.
Chili's Grill & Bar The chocolate chip skillet cookies are my favorite.
1431 Ogden Rd, Montrose CO — (970) 249-7160
Papa Murphy's
1521 Ogden Rd, Montrose CO — (970) 249-7300
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar Try the Cajun steak (medium) and shrimp with a blue moon beer . NIRVANA . *gurgles*
1501 Oxbow Dr, Montrose CO — (970) 249-1214
Daveto's Pollo Basil ... Yum
520 Main St, Delta CO — (970) 874-8277
Doghouse Espresso The blueberry scones are excellent, coffee and tea delicious. Skilled barista. Warm and friendly-- don't pass it by.
449 Main St, Delta CO — (970) 874-0177

Other Activities

Those looking for other ways to explore Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park will not be disappointed by the variety that the park offers. Fishing, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, and wildlife viewing are among the many activities that the park affords in the summer. In the winter, you can continue your exploration by snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or winter camping. Visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison's website for more information on the park's other activities. For those looking for other activities in the area, be sure to check out the great opportunities for rock climbing in the park and
mountain biking right up the road in Gunnison.

Areas Within Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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Montrose, CO
0.8 mi 1.3 km Montrose, CO
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Dry
84 days ago
Montrose, CO
0.9 mi 1.4 km Montrose, CO
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0.6 mi 0.9 km
#3 Long Draw Route
Montrose, CO
0.6 mi 0.9 km Montrose, CO
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0.5 mi 0.8 km
#4 Chasm View Trail
Olathe, CO
0.5 mi 0.8 km Olathe, CO
Unknown
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1.3 mi 2.1 km
#5 Oak Flat Trail
Montrose, CO
1.3 mi 2.1 km Montrose, CO
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2.7 mi 4.3 km
#6 Deadhorse Trail
Montrose, CO
2.7 mi 4.3 km Montrose, CO
Unknown
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0.6 mi 1.0 km
#7 Gunnison Route
Montrose, CO
0.6 mi 1.0 km Montrose, CO
All Clear
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Dry - V rocky & steep. Section with a chain.
36 days ago
0.4 mi 0.7 km
#8 East Portal Trail
Montrose, CO
0.4 mi 0.7 km Montrose, CO
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Montrose, CO
0.3 mi 0.4 km Montrose, CO
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Montrose, CO
1.5 mi 2.4 km Montrose, CO
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1.6 mi 2.5 km
#11 Warner Route
Montrose, CO
1.6 mi 2.5 km Montrose, CO
Minor Issues
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Muddy - Definitely not 1.6 miles one way, over 3 miles one way and ~50 slope with loose rock and mud.
16 days ago
0.5 mi 0.8 km
#12 Slide Draw
Montrose, CO
0.5 mi 0.8 km Montrose, CO
Unknown
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0.8 mi 1.3 km
#13 S.O.B. Draw
Olathe, CO
0.8 mi 1.3 km Olathe, CO
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0.6 mi 1.0 km
#14 Tomichi Route
Montrose, CO
0.6 mi 1.0 km Montrose, CO
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Montrose, CO
1.3 mi 2.1 km Montrose, CO
Unknown
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0.9 mi 1.4 km
#16 Uplands Trail
Montrose, CO
0.9 mi 1.4 km Montrose, CO
Unknown
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2.0 mi 3.3 km
#17 North River Route
Montrose, CO
2.0 mi 3.3 km Montrose, CO
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