Welcome to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Page. This site is dedicated to providing useful information about the Black Canyon National Park. Learn about the park’s history, adventures and explore scenic hiking trails, beautiful campgrounds, and experience all that this wonderful outdoor environment has to offer. Plan a trip or vacation by referencing our sights guide, downloading detailed maps, checking local weather, getting the park address and driving directions, finding national park hotels and lodging, and much more.
Did you know that the Black Canyon in Colorado contains some of the oldest rock on Earth which is known as Precambrian rock, and is nearly 2 billion years old? Let us share with you information to help you learn about, or plan a vacation in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Colorado. Local information about the Black Canyon will guide you to unique camping, hiking, biking and fishing adventures in the Black Canyon.
The Black Canyon spans from Gunnison Colorado to Montrose Colorado. The National Parks Service Website has a wealth of information that can answer any additional questions you can’t find here. Camping in the Black Canyon can be found at the North and South Rim areas of the Black Canyon. Seasonal closures and wilderness alerts do apply. You can find about any warnings or alerts in the area by contacting the National Parks Service in Gunnison. During the winter the East Portal Road and North and South Rim Roads are closed. If you follow highway 92 over the hydroelectric dam that separates Blue Mesa Reservoir from Morrow Point/ Black Canyon, you will travel the North side of the Black Canyon. There are many points of interests to stop along the road and explore. This road is 28 miles long and is very windy and narrow. It is not advisable to travel this road at night or towing a recreation vehicle or trailer. This highway passes through Crawford and follows to Hotchkiss. Between the dam and Crawford, you will find plenty of hiking trails.
If you travel highway 50 past Lake Fork Marina, you will experience and view the South end of the Black Canyon. A few miles outside of Montrose you can enter a more tourist oriented entrance to the Black Canyon. There is fee to enter the park and you can drive your vehicle into the park and proceed to explore the area in a fashion common to most Colorado/ National Parks. There are many hiking trails around and down in the Black Canyon. These trails can be found all along highway 50 between the Lake Fork Marina and Cimmaron Colorado. If you love Hiking, the Black canyon has 7 distinct trials with over 20 miles of designated hiking paths. Check out a map, and give one a try!
There are many species of wildlife that live around the Black Canyon including Trophy Elk, Deer, Moose and Mountain Goats. You can catch a glimpse of the animals during any trip to the black canyon. There are also ranches and farms along the roadside that can offer lodging and meals. The Black Canyon is very desolate so always bring a cooler with food and beverages if you plan a full day of exploration.