Tours Begin July 3, 2019
The boat is on the water (see Facebook for a video of the launch) and on the afternoon of June 26th we will begin taking reservations for tours starting July 3rd. Contact Elk Creek Visitor Center for more information at 970-641-2337 x205 or CURE_Info@nps.gov.
Take a boat ride into the Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Special tours for educational groups available upon request. Please call (970) 641-2337 x205 for more information.
From the Pine Creek Trail parking area, you will walk down 232 stairs, then enjoy an easy 3/4-mile scenic walk along the old narrow-gauge rail bed before reaching the boat dock. We suggest leaving the trailhead no later than 45 minutes prior to the tour, or allowing more time for a slower pace. Plan to meet the ranger at the boat dock; pre-boarding for the tour begins 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time; tours begin promptly at the scheduled departure time.
Note: A short, steep, gravel-surfaced road leads to the trailhead. Parking space is limited. Drop-off parking for trailers is available at the top of the access road.
For security reasons, carry-on bags and packs are subject to search. All passengers under 13 years of age must wear a Personal Flotation Device (provided). Pets, smoking, firearms, and alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the boat.
Last updated: June 25, 2019