• Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    Black Canyon Of The Gunnison

    National Park Colorado

Things To Know Before You Come

SAFETY ON THE RIM
Never throw anything from the rim into the canyon!
Even a small stone can be fatal to hikers or climbers below. Stay on trails and supervise children closely. Weathered rock makes rim edges hazardous, and many places have no guardrails.

ACCESSIBILITY
The following facilities are accessible to those with mobility impairments:

South Rim:
South Rim Visitor Center
Restrooms along South Rim
South Rim Campground - 2 accessible camping sites (A21, B1), restrooms
Tomichi Point Overlook
Chasm View Overlook
Sunset View Overlook

North Rim:
Restroom at North Rim Ranger Station
Balanced Rock Overlook

FOOD, LODGING AND SERVICES
No food, lodging, gasoline or similar services are available at either rim. Full services are available in nearby communities. Water is available mid-May through mid-October.

CLIMATE
Weather can vary greatly between the canyon rim and canyon floor. Summer daytime temperatures range between 60 to 100F (15 to 38C), nights 30 to 50F (-1 to 10C) Winter daytime temperatures range between 20 to 40F (-6 to 4C), nights -10 to 20F (-23 to -6C) Precipitation is minimal, brief afternoon thunderstorms can occur during the summer. Layered clothing appropriate for the season is recommended.

COLLECTING IN THE PARK
Plants, rocks, wildlife and cultural artifacts must not be disturbed or removed.

HUNTING
Hunting is prohibited in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The Black Canyon contains some of the oldest exposed rock on Earth. Precambrian, or “basement” rock, is nearly 2 billion years old.