Top Glamping near Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Camping near Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado

Camping near Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado offers a unique blend of stunning natural beauty, dark skies perfect for stargazing, and a variety of camping experiences from established campgrounds to dispersed sites. Whether you're looking for a family-friendly spot with amenities or a more rugged, off-the-grid experience, there's something for everyone in this area.

With campgrounds located both within the national park and in the surrounding areas, you'll have plenty of options to choose from. Each campground has its own set of features and quirks, so it's important to know what to expect before you go. This guide will help you navigate the best camping spots near Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, highlighting what campers love, what you should be aware of, and tips for making the most of your camping trip.

What to do

The area around Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is rich with activities for outdoor enthusiasts. From hiking and fishing to stargazing and wildlife watching, there's no shortage of things to do.

  • Hiking: The park offers numerous trails, including the popular Gunnison Route, which is accessible from the South Rim Campground. Becky M. mentioned, "This location is great for if you're planning to do any inter-canyon travel as it's close to the entry points."
  • Stargazing: The park is designated as a Dark Sky Park, making it an excellent spot for stargazing. Joel R. shared, "This is a dark sky park. Took photos of the stars."
  • Fishing: The Gunnison River is a prime spot for fishing, especially near the Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground. Austin C. noted, "Lotsss of people fly fishing the river."

What campers like

Campers have a lot to say about the campgrounds near Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Clean Facilities: Many campgrounds, like Elk Ridge Campground, are praised for their clean facilities. Kelly H. said, "Well maintained campground with clean facilities."
  • Great Views: The scenic beauty of the area is a big draw. Lauren M. loved the views at Elk Ridge Campground, saying, "I stayed in one of the walk-in tent sites on the edge overlooking the lake. It was absolutely beautiful."
  • Friendly Staff: Campground hosts and staff are often mentioned for their helpfulness. Lawrence P. appreciated the staff at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground, stating, "The Staff (including the Camp Hosts) are very friendly and helpful."

What you should know

While camping near Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is generally a great experience, there are a few things you should be aware of:

  • Limited Shade: Some campgrounds, like Iron Creek Campground, have limited shade. Carrie R. advised, "The sun is unbearable here for a whole weekend without some shade!"
  • Noise Levels: Proximity to other campers can sometimes be an issue. Becky M. mentioned about South Rim Campground, "It's a bit noisy because of how close sites are to one another."
  • Wildlife: Be prepared for encounters with wildlife. Whitney L. noted at North Rim Campground, "There are nice sized BearSaver boxes at each site, plus a fire ring and large picnic table."

Tips for camping with families

Camping with kids can be a fun and rewarding experience, especially in such a beautiful area. Here are some tips to make your family camping trip a success:

  • Choose Family-Friendly Campgrounds: Campgrounds like Elk Ridge Campground are great for families. Jennifer D. said, "A great park for kids. I loved the activities, hikes, swimming, and absolutely stunning views!"
  • Bring Shade: Given the limited shade at some sites, it's a good idea to bring a shade tent. Carrie R. recommended for Iron Creek Campground, "We used a sun shade with a tarp on one side that we would keep rotating during the day to create shade."
  • Plan for Activities: Keep the kids entertained with activities like hiking and fishing. Lawrence P. at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground mentioned, "There is much to do here and in the surrounding area. Fishing, hiking, biking or just sitting and enjoying the campground is wonderful."

Tips from RVers

If you're planning to camp in an RV, there are a few things you should keep in mind to ensure a smooth trip:

  • Check for Hookups: Not all campgrounds have full hookups. For example, South Rim Campground does not have sewer hookups. However, Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground offers full hookups. Austin C. shared, "Had a nice pull-through site 217 with full hookups."
  • Be Prepared for Tight Spots: Some campgrounds have snug spots. Becky M. mentioned about South Rim Campground, "We had site A9 and it was a pretty snug spot, as is typical with national park campgrounds."
  • Plan for Noise: Proximity to other campers can sometimes be an issue. Becky M. noted, "It's a bit noisy because of how close sites are to one another."

Camping near Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park offers a variety of experiences, from the well-maintained facilities of established campgrounds to the rugged beauty of dispersed sites. Whether you're a family looking for a fun weekend or an RVer seeking adventure, this guide will help you make the most of your camping trip.

Best Glamping Sites Near Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, CO (31)

    Camper-submitted photo from North Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from North Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from North Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from North Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from North Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from North Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    1.

    North Rim Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    18 Reviews
    59 Photos
    412 Saves
    Crawford, Colorado

    Overview

    Official NPS North Rim Website__ The North Rim campground is remote and has 13 sites dispersed among pinyon and juniper trees. Sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Elevation: 7767 ft (2367.4 m). The ranger station is open intermittently in the summer and closed in the winter. In the summer, maps and newspapers are available on the ranger station porch. The ranger station also has a self-pay station for the park entrance fee and a self-registration kiosk for wilderness permits.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Ridge Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Ridge Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Ridge Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Ridge Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Ridge Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Ridge Campground — Ridgway State Park

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    Elk Ridge Campground — Ridgway State Park

    27 Reviews
    77 Photos
    271 Saves
    Ridgway, Colorado

    This is the most popular campground at Ridgway, located on the top of a mesa covered in Pinyon pine and juniper trees. Offering campsites 80-187, it is also part of the Dutch Charlie area of the park. RV campsites have electric hookups and shared water and there are 10 walk-in tent sites. The dump station is located down the hill at the entrance to the Dakota Terraces Campground.

    All campgrounds offer: Restrooms; also, during the high season, showers, laundromat (coin operated), snack machines and a change machine in a Camper Services Building A playground Additional restrooms Hiking and biking trails

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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    East Portal Campground — Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    9 Reviews
    45 Photos
    286 Saves
    Montrose, Colorado

    Overview

    The East Portal Campground is located within Curecanti National Recreation Area, but is adjacent to and only accessible from Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The campground is located at the bottom of the canyon, along the Gunnison River. It is a small campground of 15 sites (10 are tent-only), shaded by box elder trees. East Portal is closed in winter, when the Bureau of Reclamation closes the East Portal Road. Elevation: 6526 feet (1990 m). NOTE: Black Canyon of the Gunnison charges a $30 per vehicle entrance fee which you will pay upon arrival (or purchase in advance ). The park also honors interagency passes for entry (e.g., senior, access, Golden Age, 4th grade, etc.).__

    Natural Features

    East Portal offers plentiful shade and nearby access to the Gunnison River. Spectacular views of Black Canyon of the Gunnison and Curecanti are abundant.

    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Cabins
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Dakota Terraces Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dakota Terraces Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dakota Terraces Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dakota Terraces Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dakota Terraces Campground — Ridgway State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dakota Terraces Campground — Ridgway State Park

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    Dakota Terraces Campground — Ridgway State Park

    16 Reviews
    85 Photos
    120 Saves
    Ridgway, Colorado

    Dakota Terraces Campground in Ridgway State Park is a gem for anyone looking to enjoy the natural beauty of Colorado. This campground offers a mix of tent, RV, glamping, and yurt accommodations, making it a versatile spot for all kinds of campers. One of the standout features here is the stunning view of Courthouse Peak, which you can enjoy right from your campsite.

    The campground is equipped with electric hookups and drinking water, and there's a sanitary dump station on-site. Showers and clean restrooms are available, which is always a plus. If you're bringing your furry friend along, you'll be happy to know that pets are allowed. Fires are permitted, and you can even buy firewood on-site, making it easy to enjoy a cozy evening by the campfire.

    Visitors have mentioned that the campground is a great base for exploring nearby attractions like Ouray, Telluride, and Silverton. The reservoir offers opportunities for kayaking, paddle boarding, and boating, although it can get windy at times. The campground itself is well-maintained, with clean facilities and friendly park staff.

    While the sites are generally spaced out, providing a sense of privacy, there isn't much tree cover, so be prepared for some sun exposure, especially in the summer. Some sites have shelters over the picnic tables, but bringing a pop-up canopy might be a good idea for extra shade.

    Overall, Dakota Terraces Campground offers a fantastic mix of natural beauty, convenient amenities, and proximity to some of Colorado's most charming towns and outdoor activities. Whether you're here for a night or a week, you're bound to have a memorable stay.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Ouray KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Ouray KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Ouray KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Ouray KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Ouray KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Ouray KOA

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    Ouray KOA

    23 Reviews
    89 Photos
    114 Saves
    Ouray, Colorado

    Situated on several acres of beautiful landscape, the Ouray KOA Holiday offers several amenities such as a hot tub, pet walk, onsite restaurant, gem mining, and playground. With spacious RV sites, deluxe cabins, camping cabins, and a variety of tent sites, you can pick the pace of your travel. We offer an experience for every kind of camper, whether you're traveling with kids, pets, or friends, book your getaway today!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedar Creek RV Park

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    Cedar Creek RV Park

    7 Reviews
    1 Photo
    27 Saves
    Montrose, Colorado
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Riverbend RV Park & Cabins
    Camper-submitted photo from Riverbend RV Park & Cabins
    Camper-submitted photo from Riverbend RV Park & Cabins
    Camper-submitted photo from Riverbend RV Park & Cabins
    Camper-submitted photo from Riverbend RV Park & Cabins
    Camper-submitted photo from Riverbend RV Park & Cabins

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    Riverbend RV Park & Cabins

    4 Reviews
    32 Photos
    16 Saves
    Montrose, Colorado

    Riverbend RV Park and Cabins is centrally located between the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, the majestic San Juan Mountains and the beautiful Grand Mesa. It’s the perfect location for you and your family to stay and play every month of the year!

    This full service, gated Park offers RV sites year round and updated park amenities to give you the best camping experience!

    Come see our new office, laundry and bath facilities together with shared common fire rings, gathering patios, cooking spaces and off leash dog park.

    Riverbend RV Park offers shaded, full hook up RV sites, 1500 feet of private walk in river access for fly fishing and floating and we’re just minutes away from golf courses, miles of bike paths and the Western Slopes newest and largest Rec Center.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $42 - $149 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Ouray Riverside Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Ouray Riverside Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Ouray Riverside Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Ouray Riverside Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Ouray Riverside Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Ouray Riverside Resort

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    Ouray Riverside Resort

    17 Reviews
    52 Photos
    190 Saves
    Ouray, Colorado

    Located in southwestern Colorado's San Juan Mountains, Ouray Riverside Resort has everything you need for the perfect vacation. We offer comfortable rooms, secluded cabins, and convenient RV sites just off U.S Route 550 (the Million Dollar Highway), along the Uncompahgre River.

    Besides a variety of lodging accommodations, Ouray Riverside Resort has the amenities needed for a comfortable and convenient stay, including an onsite store, laundromat, jeep wash, fuel stations, and high-speed fiber optic WiFi. If you need a great meal, you can drop by our Ouray Cafe and Steakhouse. And, if you're looking to enjoy an off-roading adventure in the Ouray backcountry, one of our new Jeep Rubicons is exactly what you need.

    All in all, Ouray Riverside Resort, is the perfect basecamp for your Ouray adventures. For more information, give us a call. We look forward to meeting you!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $50 - $99 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from KOA Montrose RV Resort

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    KOA Montrose RV Resort

    3 Reviews
    1 Photo
    3 Saves
    Montrose, Colorado
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Soap Creek Corral
    Camper-submitted photo from Soap Creek Corral
    Camper-submitted photo from Soap Creek Corral
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