Black Canyon offers two campgrounds - one on each rim. There is also a campground at the bottom of the canyon called East Portal. Although accessed through the park, East Portal is within the boundary of Curecanti National Recreation Area. Hikers and kayakers may also camp in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison Wilderness Area after obtaining a Wilderness Use Permit (restrictions apply).
Be Bear Aware!
More and more, black bears visit the campgrounds in search of food. While black bear sightings are an exciting part of your trip, please remember that black bears are wild animals that should not be fed or approached. Black bears that become habituated to humans and human food will ultimately need to be removed or, in some cases, killed.
Follow These Policies To Keep You and Black Bears Safe:
Campgrounds with designated campsites, restrooms, and potable water (in season).
Not sure where you’ll be?
Look at a park map to start planning your trip.
Camping in the Wilderness
Well-prepared and experienced individuals may choose to camp at the base of the inner canyon wilderness routes.
Last updated: April 26, 2021