Black Canyon - Camping

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).

Camping is allowed only in designated campgrounds. No overnight use is allowed along any park roads or trails, at overlooks, or in other developed areas. Please make campground reservations in advance at First come, first served camping is very limited.

Black Canyon camping fees will increase as of January 1, 2024. Read here for more details.

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:

  • Use the bear-proof storage lockers to secure food (including coolers!) and any scented products like beverages, toothpaste, deodorant, sunscreen, and cooking utensils. Do NOT keep these items in your tent or pop-up trailer.
  • If lockers are full or unavailable, store these items in your locked vehicle with windows rolled up.
  • Clean your table and campsite immediately after eating. Don’t leave any food unattended.
  • Lock the dumpsters at South Rim after depositing your trash.

Developed Campgrounds

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.

Learn more about camping on the North Rim routes.

Learn more about camping on the South Rim routes.

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

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

Gunnison, CO 81230



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