Do I need a reservation for Black Canyon of the Gunnison?
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
South Rim: Open, reservations strongly recommended. Water is available.
Can you drive through Black Canyon of the Gunnison?
Those wishing to drive to the Gunnison River may do so by taking the East Portal Road. This provides access into Curecanti National Recreation Area where camping, picnicking and fishing are available. East Portal Road is closed in winter. The road is extremely steep (16% grades) with hairpin curves.
Do you need a permit for Black Canyon?
Permits are required for all inner canyon wilderness use – both day and overnight trips. Permits are available at the South Rim Visitor Center and North Rim Ranger Station.
How much does it cost to get into Black Canyon National Park?
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park normally charges $20 per vehicle, $15 per motorcycle and $10 per pedestrian or bicycle. Entrance fees are good for seven days.
Why is it called Black canyon?
The park was named for its cliffs that are often darkened by shadows, making the walls appear black. The canyon itself is so vertical that the Gunnison River drops an average of 43 feet per mile, and 240 feet per mile at its steepest point at Chasm View, making some of the steepest mountain descents in North America.