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Black Canyon Campground Offers Adventure and Stunning Landscape

August 8, 2013 by

Black Canyon

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison makes a perfect place to camp for those who enjoy a breathtaking landscape, no crowds, and plenty to do.

The spectacular vistas presented by this park were formed slowly by water scouring down through hard Proterozoic crystalline rock. It offers views like no other canyon in North America with sheer walls, narrow openings, and the stark depths of the Black Canyon itself.

This is an ideal destination for adventure seekers with outdoor activities including horseback riding, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, fishing, and rafting.

Camping at Black Canyon Campground

Campsites provide tables, grills, and vaulted toilets.

North Rim Black Canyon Campground

The North Rim Black Canyon Campground is open to campers from spring to fall. It features 13 sites in Pinyon-Juniper forest that are equipped with vault toilets, tables, and grills. While water is brought in by truck mid-May to mid-September, there are no hook ups.

Sites are available on a first come, first-served basis and vehicles bigger than 35 feet are not recommended. No more than 8 people and 2 vehicles are allowed per site. Once you’re there, you can stay for up to 14 consecutive days within a 30 day period for $12.00 a night.

South Rim Campground at Black Canyon

The South Rim Campground at Black Canyon consists of three loops. Loop A is open year round, and loops B and C are open from spring to fall. In all, the South Rim offers 88 sites in oak-brush forest and features vault toilets, tables, and grills. Just like the North Rim, water is available mid-May to mid-September.

Generator use is not allowed in the South Rim Black Canyon Campground, but loop B does offer 30 amp electrical hookups. Campers can stay for a maximum of 14 consecutive days within a 30 day period. Sites are limited to a maximum of 8 people and 2 vehicles, and vehicles larger than 35 feet are not recommended.

Camping fees for Loop A are $12.00 per night, $18.00 for Loop B (electrical hookups), and $12.00 per night for Loop C. Reservations are taken for Loops A and B, but cost a little more per night and must be made 3 days in advance.

Black Canyon Bear

Bears Frequent Campgrounds

Black bears are known to frequent both campgrounds at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Campers should plan to use bear-proof storage lockers for food and other scented products like toothpaste, deodorant, tobacco, sunscreen, etc. If you don’t have a locker, food should be kept in a locked vehicle.

Camping at Black Canyon Campground offers a great outdoor experience for those looking for plenty of adventure. For more information, check their website.

Photo credits: bikingbettie, Sam Howzit, Shawn McCready

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