The North Rim Campground is a remote campground on the North Rim of the Park. The last 7 miles of the North Rim Road and the campground road are unpaved. Services are limited. The campground is small, but the sites are spacious and spread out among pinyon and juniper trees. This campground can easily fill in the summer, especially on weekends.
This is a nice solid campground, no cell service, vault toilets and water is available. We had no problems. The amphitheater is across the street where they have nice ranger talks every night. There are lots of mule deer in the campgrounds, the fawns were nursing when we were there.
Lots of spots, but very spread out and quiet. There are toilets in the center, water available, and a short hike to the rangers.
This campground is sold on the surrounding areas, which are breathtaking. The sites themselves, however, weren't anything too exciting to me, personally.
the view is what you take away from this campground, camping is not the most enjoyable
Driving through Colorado in the fall there is nothing which can compare. Mild days and cool nights equate to perfect camping for those who are a bit adventurous and that is a term which suits me to a T!
I found myself in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison area in early October. As I happened to be driving I noticed signs for the National Park, which otherwise I didn’t know was even there. I took a turn and drove up the winding paved path, used my park pass and loved what I found. It was like a dark canyon of steep embankments. I could see for what seemed like forever downward to the waters which cut through the canyon.
I went on the short distance to the visitor center before deciding I wanted to check out the camping at this facility and when I did so I was so excited. The campgrounds just were a continuation of the amazing views and because it was fall, the site was not full.
Sites were average size and offered great views. It looked like mostly a tent zone which was nice, although it did look like perhaps it could accommodate an RV, though there were not any present when I was there.
The campground had several bear boxes around, which kind of made it all seem so real about the wildlife presence in the area. There were also a few water spouts available and vault toilets nearby. Picnic tables were scattered and in good condition.
Something that makes this site unlike many in Colorado area was that I didn’t see any scheduled closures posted. Many sites in the state close with weather and do not offer services, this one might do the same but I saw no obvious postings to indicate such.
My site was $16, which was not bad considering the views and access to trails. You could easily follow the roads and find something of interest is you were not wanting to hike and had a lot of information available just a short distance ahead at the visitor center.
- This is not a fill up station for your water reserves as water is limited at these points.
- Check out a trip down to the river if you have an opportunity, it is amazing from above but the access below displays an entire different ecosystem of vegetation and animals.
- Drive slowly on roads leading up to your turn, this area is heavily patrolled and it is easy to miss speed limit signs in the area.
we stayed here 2 nights after spending 1 night on the south rim. camp sites are much bigger and way more shade here. not near as much traffic either. several overlooks along this side of the canyon and there are 2 really nice ones on the short nature trail that starts at the campground. there is also the trail to exclamation point and the top of Green mountain that begins at the ranger station just down the road if you are into hiking or trail running.
One of the most beautiful camping experiences we've had. Camped one night on our road trip throughout southwestern Colorado. Campsites over look the canyon.
We camped here before hiking down the black canyon that night. Great place to be close to the canyon. Lots of great views, fishing, etc. Highly reccomend going to this area.
An exceptional camping experience for our family. We go every summer and camp (in a tent) for about 10 days. The weather is superb and the trout is plentiful.
The greatest camping experience a family could possibly have! We go every summer and camp (in a tent) for about 10 days. The weather is perfect and the trout are plentiful!