Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP South Rim Campground

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Camp Type: Tent, RV
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Restroom: Pit Toilet
Permit: Not required
Shower: No
Wifi: Not available
Entrance Fee: $16.00
Campfire: Limited use
Pet Fee: None
Leash Rule: On Leash
Description
South Rim Campground is located within the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in western Colorado, just outside of the town of Gunnison. While there are some restrictions in place regarding dogs in the campground during the summer of 2018, they are allowed on-leash. The Black Canyon is known for its deep, steep-walled gorge that has carved into the Precambrian rock by the Gunnison River. The canyon's dramatic drops, Painted Wall Cliff, and stunning views from every corner make it one of the most popular destinations in the state.

The National Park announced in the summer of 2018 that from June 1 to August 10, special regulations were in place regarding dogs in South Rim Campground because of potentially aggressive deer with fawns that were seeing dogs as a threat. While they are still allowed in certain campsites within the campground itself, pets are not allowed on hiking trails, inner canyon routes, or the wilderness area during this time frame. They cannot even be walked on-leash or carried through the campground, as there have been several incidents of female deer attacking park visitors because they perceive the dog as a threat. After August 10, dogs will be allowed in all South Rim campsites, but park officials ask pet owners to take extra precautions and be responsible. 

South Rim Campground is surrounded by Pinyon Pine, Juniper, and Scrub Oak forests, providing ample shade and protection from the elements. Campers will have stunning views of the historic Painted Cliff - the highest cliff in Colorado, standing 2,250 feet high (which is 1,000 feet taller than the Empire State Building! 

From South Rim Campground, visitors can easily access the Oak Flat Loop Trail, one of the area's most spectacular hikes. There are also numerous educational programs in the summer, as well as guided walking tours and boat tours. Black Canyon National Park is a true treasure that you and Fido will remember for many years!

Safety
Loose Terrain, Rocky, River, Diverse Landscape
Bears, Coyotes, Ticks, Fire Ants
Address
S Rim Rd
Montrose, CO 81401
Open Year-Round
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S Rim Rd
Montrose, CO 81401
Open Year-Round