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South Rim (NPS Campground)

Black Canyon Gunnison Nat'l Park, Colorado


Black Canyon Gunnison Nat'l Park, Colorado 81401
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Sites: 57
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 38.54099
Longitude: -107.68958

Elevation: 8414' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot no
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms no
  • Showers Showers no
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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31 Reviews

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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

The pickings were slim when we got here. Loop B has 50 amp and we managed to find a spot although it took a bit of doing to get the trailer in. Very quiet. Many spaces were available in A and C loops late in the evening. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
b12
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Sites were pull off but fairly easy to get into though be careful of branches. Branches need cut back a bit and we scratched our 5th wheel on them. Overall we found this a good campground for viewing the Black Canyons It was very basic but nice. We enjoyed our stay and would stay here again. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 50
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Site was a pull-off shoulder on the B loop but wide enough to keep slideouts off the road. Excellent NP campground, quiet, forested with low oaks and many deer wandering through or even just laying in the grass in the campsites. Bathrooms are pit toilets, water is a single communal spigot near the loop entrance, good 50A electrical hookup. No WIFI or Verizon cell service in the campground. Long uphill pull to get to the park, but worthwhile if visiting the park multiple days. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B18
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Deer can be aggressive and there are special dog rules during the summer... see park website. If you are fit and enjoy a challenge, get a wilderness permit for a scramble down to the Gunnison river from the south rim. Else drive down a steep but good road to East Portal for river access. Montrose is 25 minutes from the park and is a large town will all the usual big box and franchise stores. Camp Robber is a good American restaurant, with killer nachos.

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

We thought this was a beautiful place to camp. We have a 40' motorhome and found the side parking was easy to get into. We had to maneuver a bit in one spot (B007) that had bushes on the passenger side, but we then were able to get out both sides of the slides. We liked the privacy the bushes provided. We couldn't use our awning, but the picnic table and the grill were on the opposite side of the RV anyway. Felt like we had total privacy sitting over there. Our next spot (B16) was also a side one without the bushes and it felt a bit more exposed, but again with table on opposite side, privacy. We did sink into the ground here too. Could not get level. There is no water, except for a little spigot for some jugs or bottles. There are no showers, no dump station, so be prepared. We did have electric, which was nice. Beautiful scenery, nice easy trails, dark park, great night skies, close to Black Canyon South Rim. It is a steep road for about 3 1/2 miles to get there. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B 7 and 16
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Get to the South Rim and stop at all overlooks. Near Montrose, cute little town. Doodler Dog Groomer does great job.

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Review Count: 91
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

You are inside the park, with mule deer everywhere. Campground was not level (3") and it was so close to the road we couldn't use the driver side slide outs. Electric only, no water, no dump station. They don't sell firewood and you can't collect down dead wood. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5B
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Get firewood in town before coming up to the campground.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Good, basic park. Does not have flush toilets but knew that before we went there. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Truck Camper.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
23
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my truck camper
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

This is a great park. We stayed in Loop B which offers electric hook-up. The camp sites are clean and ours was easy to back in to. The park is gorgeous. We would plan an extra night next time. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Loop B-20
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Spend a day exploring the South Rim. If you can add an extra day, the North Rim is supposed to be worth the extra day.

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Review Count: 93
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

We made a reservation in the B loop for our 36ft travel trailer. This site required us to park parallel to the road on the gravel shoulder of the road. Because the road was somewhat narrow and the shoulder was narrow it was difficult for us to maneuver and we were unable to open the slide out completely. We had 50 amp service which worked well. There were no other utilities. No dump station in park. There was no cell or Wi-Fi service. We were able to pick up local channels with antenna. Despite all of these inconvenient things, this is a beautiful park and well worth the problems of the campsite. Numerous deer wandered through our campsite and each site was separated from its neighbor by oak and other shrubs. The night sky was glorious and allowed viewing of millions of stars and the Milky Way. There are two trails which allow leashed dogs, a rarity in a National Park. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B004
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Stop at all of the overlooks on the south rim. The boat tours sponsored by the park service was well worth the 25 mile drive out of the main part of the park. Be aware of that if you wish to visit this with your vehicle and trailer that the parking is over 3/4 mile regular parking and trailhead. The hike to the boat launches strenuous but well worth the effort.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

Drydocking with fire ring and picnic table. We just fit into a spot on loop C along the road but had to back it into the spot to snug up against two short "bumper" posts in the ground. Pit toilets, no water in latrines but you can get water for bottles, not for your RV. It is a fairly steep drive in and out for about 5 miles. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C24
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Morrow Point Boat Tour that leaves Pine Creek on the Gunnison River in Curecanti NRA just East of the National Park. Must call for reservations!

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Review Count: 86
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is your basic NPS campground. Great location but this one was not kept up. I know the in thing is to keep things wild and vegetation natural, but there is a fine line to staying in the woods and becoming one with the woods. Our site was not level and was hard to get it level but it worked. It was fine and we would probably go back. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

Nice campground, very clean. Lot spacing places your neighbor nearby. Gravel pads featuring a fire ring and picnic table. Deer wonder through all day long. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Loop B
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Catch a ranger talk at the amphitheater.

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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Our site was pull-thru, close and parallel to the B-loop road. It was on an incline so front-to-back leveling took some effort. We were shaded by beautiful Gambel oak, and the area was frequented by mule deer. Water is trucked in. The only tap in the area was a water fountain with spigot for filling water bottles. There is no wifi, and our Verizon hotspot couldn't find a connection But it's a national park; who needs wifi? We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B18
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

Great view of the canyon. Rangers were extremely helpful. We pulled in late and two rangers helped us find a spot and get situated. Sites are dispersed among a scrubby forested area. I wouldn't recommend taking any huge rigs here, branches stick out over the road. Overall a great stay at a very cool park. Be sure to check out the ranger talks at the nearby amphitheater. The canyon is breathtaking. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Loop D
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 71
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 39

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in the loop with electric; very good 50 amp. There is no dump station and no where in the park to fill rv tanks nor is it allowed. Pit toilets and a water spigot in each of the three campgrounds. Our spot was very spacious and plenty long for a 38 foot wheel, truck and jeep. The road is narrow so there is very little swing room. The picnic area was shady and private. Many of the pull thrus are along the road and many of the back ins are for the smallest of rv's. Tent campers have many good choices. Lots of deer in the campground snacking on the bush and snoozing in the shade. The evening ranger programs were very good and well attended. It is a beautiful park and well worth a visit. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
21B
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This was a nice campground. The only problem was I called to see if they had water available to fill our fresh water tank and they said yes. When we got there, they only had a drinking fountain so we had to go 4 days using bottled water. There were deer everywhere and it was very quiet and peaceful. Be very bear aware in this park. They had a "problem bear" alert while we were there, and although our neighbors told us the bear showed up twice the night before we got there, we never saw him. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Loop B site 18
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The Black Canyon is so beautiful. Take the Portal Road down and do all the scenic overlooks on the Rim Road. It's well worth it!!

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