East Portal Campground

East Portal campground with tents
The East Portal campground has some much-valued shade.

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East Portal Campground is located near Crystal Dam at the bottom of the Black Canyon. The only access is through the Black Canyon National Park entrance. A $30 entrance fee applies. Turn right just past the entrance station, and follow East Portal Road 5 miles down to the campground.

The campground is shaded by box elder trees and is located near the historic Gunnison River tunnel. Ten of the fifteen sites are walk-in tent sites. The other five sites are vehicle accessible. All sites are first-come, first-served.

Oversize vehicles (greater than 21 feet including trailers) are not permitted on the East Portal Road because of the steep 16% grade, narrow lanes, and sharp curves.

Approximate Open Dates: late-May to mid-October
Sites: 15
Accessible Sites: no
Water: yes, late-May to mid-September
Flush Toilets: no
Vault Toilets: yes
Tables & Fire Grates: yes
Elevation: 6526 feet


All Sites $16.00 per night ($8.00 per night with Interagency Senior/Access Pass)

Last updated: May 3, 2023

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Mailing Address:

102 Elk Creek
Gunnison, CO 81230


970 641-2337 x205

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