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When-You-Go Travel Information for Families at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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. 

Editors' Recommended Guidebook:

The Guide to Colorado Birds
By Mary Taylor Gray

Photo: The South Rim Visitor Center at
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
perches atop plunging cliff walls.

Location: On the western edge of the Rockies, between Gunnison and Montrose

Address: 102 Elk Creek, Gunnison, CO  81230

Telephone: 970/249-1914  X-423


Acreage: 27,705

Altitude: from 5,500 feet above sea level to 9,040 feet above sea level

Major Activities: Sight seeing, photography, rock climbing, hiking, wildlife watching, camping.

Weather: Summer high temperatures vary between 60 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on where you are in the park (rim or canyon bottom). Winter highs range from 20 to 40 degrees. Brief afternoon thunderstorms are common in the summer months.

Best Seasons:
Summer and fall

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the summer, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. the rest of the year

Closures: The visitor center is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. The North Rim Ranger Station is closed all winter, as is the East Portal Road.

Cost: Entrance fees are $8 per car, and good for 7 days. Camping is $10 - $15 per day.


The visitor center offers two different video presentations and exhibits describing canyon geology and life zones. Vault toilets are located at the visitor center, in both campgrounds, and at the Highpoint and Sunset View Picnic Grounds. On the North Rim, the Kneeling Camel Viewpoint turnaround area has a vault toilet, as does the ranger station. We could find no diaper decks at Black Canyon. Ranger stations are located on the North Rim, near the campground, and at the South Rim visitor center.

The visitor center and toilet facilities on the South Rim are all wheelchair accessible. The South Rim Campground has accessible campsites. Some of the overlooks are accessible there, as are the High Point and Sunset View Picnic Grounds. On the North Rim, the restroom is wheelchair accessible, and just one of the overlooks is.