On October 21st, 1999, Black Canyon was officially upgraded in status from a national monument and became the 55th national park in the US, and the third smallest. No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths offered by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The beauty of the canyon covers 30,244 acres, or 47.26 square miles, bringing over 173,000 visitors every year. The greatest depth of the canyon plunges 2,722 feet from the top of the walls and stretches 1,500 feet from side to side. These measurements cause sunlight to only briefly illuminate the canyon, hence the name "Black Canyon" of the Gunnison. A geologists dream, the rushing water from the Gunnison River (always visible from the rim) cuts into rocks, some as old as 2 billion years. However, for those not in the field of geology, the Black Canyon provides excitement and activities for everyone.
The park has two campgrounds, one on each rim. At this time, we have campsite photos for the south rim campground at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Water must be used sparingly because it has to be hauled by tank truck. Each campsite has its own fireplace or char coal grill, and a table. Wood gathering is not permitted, nor is wood provided. Bring charcoal, or wood, and water with you. There is a nominal camping charge.