Deep, Steep and Narrow

Big enough to be overwhelming, still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America. With two million years to work, the Gunnison River, along with the forces of weathering, has sculpted this vertical wilderness of rock, water, and sky.

Jagged stone spires jut from canyon floor

Geology of Black Canyon

The geologic story of Black Canyon of the Gunnison is one of uplift, volcanism, and the erosive force of water.

Lightning strikes from dark clouds over Black Canyon.

Alerts and Conditions

Check out the current conditions to prepare for your spring visit to Black Canyon.

A hiker sits on a large rock overlooking Black Canyon.

Things to Do

Make the most of your visit by planning your activities and experiences in advance.

A white vehicle stops at a small entrance booth at Black Canyon.

Fees & Passes

Entrance fees and/or park passes are required certain times of year. Learn more about pricing and where to purchase.

A lone hiker gazes at the Gunnison River in the Black Canyon Wilderness

Wilderness Use Permits

A free permit is required for all inner canyon use including hiking, kayaking and climbing.

The Milky Way and a night sky full of stars glimmers over the Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Preserving the Night

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is an International Dark Sky Park. Come experience the wonders of night!

Dillon Pinnacles at Curecanti National Recreation Area.

One River System, Two Park Experiences

Visitors to nearby Curecanti National Recreation Area can experience the Gunnison River in a different form.

Last updated: September 10, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

102 Elk Creek
(GPS/physical address = 9800 Highway 347, Montrose, CO)

Gunnison , CO 81230

Phone:

970-641-2337

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