Black Canyon of the Gunnison- Introduction

In western Colorado, there is a great Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The cliff is 2000 feet giant from the river below and will surely make you mesmerize of its height.

Established in October 1999, The park is located near Montrose city and the major attraction consist of the view of the Milky Way stars which will give you a feeling of being in the space. South Rim point is famous for a pleasant scenic view of the canyon, and Curecanti is famous for boating and fishing.

The place will interest those who love hiking, camping, fishing, and going on nature trails and also those who want to see the fastest Peregrine Falcon bird, and mule deer.

Best Time To Visit

May to October is considered to be the best time to visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison

These months will offer you warm, cosy and limited rainfall weather. From May to August it will be cosy to warm environment with temperature ranging from the 70s to 80s and from September to October it will be a cosy to mild weather with temperature from 70s to 60s.

Things to Carry

Following are the things that you should carry while visiting Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park:

Camping Gear

Carry a quality tent, tarp, firm rope, sleeping bags and camping stove for cooking.

Precautionary Equipment

Carry insect repellent, first aid kit, water bottles, flashlight and a Compass.

Star Chart

Stargazing is a wonderful activity that you can do in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. To know about the star formations in the sky, you can refer to a star chart.

Hiking Shoes

Hiking shoes with a strong grip and the good sole will make your hiking comfortable.


If you want to take good memories back to your home then carry a camera.


Carry a binocular to catch a great view of amazing animals, birds and surroundings.

Also please maintain the beauty of the park as it is and don’t litter.

Tips Before Visiting

  • If you want to know everything about the park then do join the ranger programme.
  • There are three campgrounds in the park. Out of the South Rim, North Rim and East Portal, you have to do the advance reservation of the South Rim campgrounds. The other two sites are based on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • You can get all the information related to the park from the visitor centre.

Number of Visitors

Approximately 308,962 visitors have visited Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in 2018