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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, COLORADO

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Camping Colorado Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
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Best campground. Hard to get.

Best campground I have seen. Very hard to get, don't be picky. Bad toilets. The picture below is from a site on the back pond.

Perfect Colorado Camping

See my other Review for Dakota Ridge. Another 5 stars with all amenities and screaming Verizon Wifi

Stunning CO mtns surround you

We tested out maiden working on the road trip at this spectacular state park. It was end of the season so some loops were closed. Each site gave privacy with nature in between. The WiFi tower was right in the campground so WiFi was screaming. Mild temperatures in October. 5 stars!!!

RV camping

Nice if you want a koa experience.  However not enough shade for RV'S without full hookups.

Tent camping

great campground close to hiking, biking, etc. Clean, fairly quiet if no rv with generators

Beautiful High Desert Camping

Plenty of camping spots with amazing rock outcrops perfect for exploring!

Location location location

Location location location

Quiet and pretty if you walk 1 min away from the campsites

Two general areas to camp - one in a more open setting with more sun, and one in a shaded area that has a pinch more privacy. We stayed in the latter. Unfortunately, there were no sites right by the river.

FYI - Put your car in low gear going down into the canyon. I had a jeep and didn't and I could smell the pungent smell of my brakes burning up.

Apparently, there is good fly fishing by the campsite too.

A Favorite Every Year =)

I hate to tell you this… because this is a favorite of ours.  We come here every year in the autumn.  We play on Kebler Pass, we have pizza at Stash in CB, and at night - the stars oh how the twinkle!  But you will pay a price for these autumn skies.  It is cold at Lake Irwin at night.  Bring a sweater and snuggle up!
The Camp Host is a delight.  So many sites that are good with peaks at the lake.  You are in the heart of the Rockies.  Wake up and pick a trail, or point towards a road.  It is bound to be beautiful!


We have stayed her a few times!! I love this place it’s amazing to SUP at. It can be alittle windy so if you have a canopy just drop it at night. You have to walk into the camp spots but it’s not bad. Will definitely be back!!

Good Option if you cant go Dispersed

Awesome little campground just outside of Telluride. Best part is you can drive just up the road and catch the Gondola into town or all over the mountain. Camp host was awesome and really friendly and pit toilet was really clean. There was a bear in the campground—we didn’t see it—but you’re camping in the mountains so you should expect it. Beautiful aspens but marsh area might result in some extra mosquitos. Overall great way to stay near telluride for $20 a night!

Among Giant Cottonwoods

This campground is nestled among giant cottonwood trees and small pond. Easy access to downtown Gunnison.


Great campground that feels like you are remote when Ouray is just down the road. Camp Attendant was friendly and helpful and the camp was clean and orderly. Our spot was level and had everything we needed. Picnic table, big fire ring, plenty of room to spread out and never heard another campers voice.

Campsite is beautiful but there’s a bear problem.

The campsite is beautiful. It’s close to the water and the views of the mountains are great. The sites are much more spread out than the nearby Thistledown site. That being said, we stayed for two night and both nights we were awoken by bears. The first night one tore into a plastic container we have with things like rope, propane, hammers, etc. The second night they were trying to get into the bear proof food lockers. It appears that these bears rely on food found at the campgrounds and it’s a dangerous situation for both the campers and the bears.

Well maintained

We pulled in for the night after a long day of driving.  The place was completely empty.  Everything seems newly constructed.  The pit toilet was spotless and empty.  The sites were isolated from each other.  There were only a handful of spots - not a problem when nobody else is there.  The other reviewer seems grumpy.  We were there in early August and the creek was flowing and the lake was full.  Can't control these things, doesn't really affect the campground though.

Hard to get to, yet peaceful and quiet

Pretty, quiet, smaller campground. I was on site 5 and could hear a stream ~100ft away and see the lake on the other side of me.

Came on a Friday around 3pm and got a site. Apparently we got lucky. There were a few neighbors who let us know since they have been there at least a week. There were people who were camping off the side of the road in that looked very secluded and private.

You’ll lose internet connection about an hour before getting there. Make sure to get gas for your car too, it’s pretty rare to find substantial towns on the way in.

Convenient, beautiful little campground

Located right on the edge of Telluride makes it easy to access the town. We set up camp and walked to get dinner/drinks that night. Quarter-operated showers and flushing toilets. Potable water and dish washing sinks.

Great campground above Ouray

Beautiful spot to camp. I think we got lucky that all of the spots weren’t booked. Probably the best views we had all week. Definitely check out the hiking trails in the area. Chief Ouray trail is difficult, so be prepared before you go up the mountain.

Beautiful views from this little campground

One of my favorite campgrounds that we stayed at last year. Quiet, small, and had great views over the hill.

Worth the drive, 4WD recommended

Half of the camping spots are kind of difficult to get to if you don’t have a Jeep/4Runner/Tacoma. Definitely worth the drive up the mountain to see these Alpine lakes. Kind of crowded when we went on Labor Day weekend, but that was to be expected. Make sure you hike up to the other two lakes, they are even more beautiful than the main lake.

Grand Mesa Colorado.

Great campsite, beautiful location, camp host was exceptional. Can't wait to get back there.

Super fun area if your car can handle it

This area is large and has tons of dispersed campsites, but they’re connected by a network of bumpy and rocky roads. You’ll need a high-clearance vehicle with 4WD (like a Jeep Wrangler) - otherwise, don’t even attempt. Take a picture of the map at the entrance too. Once you find a spot though, it’s a beautiful area with lots of rock features and a full starry sky (if lucky enough to have a clear night). We had a great time here

Great spot near entrance to Black Canyon

Great location in being right off the road leading into Black Canyon (where campsites are usually fully reserved). The dirt road is rough, so you’ll want 4WD and good clearance or it’ll be a bad time. Lots of dispersed sites scattered throughout - we found an open one over Labor Day weekend arriving at night, so it’s likely rarely full. At our site, it was tough to find any flat ground for a tent, and there were lots of cacti to watch out for, but other sites already taken looked incredible (with views out over the valley).

Not much shade, but has showers, books, lol both RVs mostly

Went during a fireban last year which made it tough.  I had taken my trusty tripod grill and left Coleman burners at home…  Fish were very good at not staying on hook.  Nice reservoir nearby within a few miles drive.  Overall good place but lacking trees in campground.  There was 'lil walk down a hill to fishing in a creek and small pond from our campsite which is optimal for the fishing enthusiast.  Nearby reservoir has space to have company over or host a party with amenities such as enough space and picnic tables, bathrooms and playing space for young kids.  There were kids riding bikes on paved walkways and some trails throughout the well maintained park.  Nice waters @ the nearby reservoir.  Enjoy!

Close to town

Free. Close to town which is awesome. No fire pits so camp fires are not allowed. It is small so expect neighbors but it’s excellent if you just need a place to sleep and explore telluride conveniently

Great Lake. Great hiking. Great town.

Loved this campground. Quiet and clean and unforgettable sunsets over the lake. I highly recommend hiking up to Scarp Ridge. It's steep, but you get 360 degree views.

Crowded/Not Dispersed

I will start off by saying the trail up was unique with a lot to do, the ghost town is cool with mini waterfalls if you will. The views looking over the mountains were amazing. BUT please have a 4w drive vehicle to drive up, and this is NOT dispersed camping. Very crowded even while rainy. Alta lakes themselves were not as impressive as I hoped for but there are better lakes near it if you talk to the people who live in Telluride. Still a cool spot to go hang out but if you like to camp without neighbors around then don’t pick here.

Loved it!

Bogan Flats is a great campground if you want to get away. Great for singles and families. Most campsites are large and allow for several families to one site. They were also semi private. The sites next to the river are the best. The sites closer to the entrance and on the river offer the best shade. My site #25 was next to the water and is an excellent spot for RVs, allowing you to drive through and park. There wasn’t a lot of shade though. At this altitude the heat wouldn’t be a big deal except the weekend we went the temps were in the 90’s. It’s about a 40 minutes drive to Aspen, 20 minutes to Carbondale (and phone connectivity), and 30 minutes to Glenwood Springs. Sleeping next to the roar or the river was wonderful. Each site offers a bear box, picnic table, and campfire rings. The vault toilets are kept clean. There is a faucet for drinking water and dishes. Its a fly fisherman’s heaven. I definitely will be back!

Great campground

This KOA lives up to the standards set by KOA. Very friendly and helpful staff. Clean showers and bathrooms. Nice grassy sites that come complete with a cow who is as cute as can be!! Would definitely recommend and when we are back that way will stay there again.