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Towns Near Black Canyon

Isolated in the western part of Colorado, Black Canyon of the Gunnison has only three small towns outside its boundaries.

Montrose, Crawford, and Hotchkiss offer families vacationing in that part of the state a taste of the flavor of rural, western Colorado towns.



Did You Know?

The tallest sheer cliff face
in Colorado,
Painted Wall
in Black Canyon
of the Gunnison
National Park,
rises 2,250 feet
above the river at its feet. 




Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
is one of the most thought provoking attractions you'll ever visit with your family. 




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The Family Guide to Colorado's National Parks and Monuments





Montrose is just 15 miles southwest of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. It is a flat, spread-out agricultural community with some great amenities for families. 

Pretty Baldridge Community Park has a big, modern playground with huge shade trees and restrooms nearby, an in-line skate park, ball fields, a small lake with an island and gazebo, bike and walking trails, and a Frisbee golf course. The Aquatic Center has both a large indoor pool and, in the summer, an outdoor pool with a big waterslide.

The town also has several restaurants. At The Backwoods Inn, they let our kids split a burger, but still loaded up each plate with fries and the fixings. It was plenty of food for our little ones and they only charged us for one kids’ meal.

Several chain hotels, many with their own swimming pools, are scattered through the town, especially on US Highway 50. The Cedar Creek RV Park has a dump station. Montrose Memorial Hospital is located at 800 South 3rd Street. Its new, 91,000 square foot addition was completed in July of 2005.

The Montrose County Historical Museum, on the corner of Main and Rio Grande, is open mid-May through September, and is housed in a cool old depot building. Contact the Montrose Visitors and Convention Bureau at 800/873-0244 for more information.



Tiny Crawford is 15 miles northeast of the park just north of Crawford Reservoir and Crawford State Park. The town features cute,  renovated Victorian architecture and a few false fronts. The municipal park does have a nice, big playground; hungry travelers can stop in at the Branding Iron restaurant; and a roadside kiosk offers information on the West Elk Historic and Scenic Byway. We had to drive about 12 miles or so to Hotchkiss for groceries and gas.