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South Rim (NPS Campground)

Black Canyon Gunnison Nat'l Park, Colorado


S Rim Rd
Black Canyon Gunnison Nat'l Park, Colorado 81401
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 57
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 38.54099
Longitude: -107.68958

Elevation: 8414' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot no
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms no
  • Showers Showers no
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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10 Reviews

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

The location of this campground on the South Rim deserves a 10! We were in loop B and had a very long, back-in site with 50 amp service. We have a 40' ft wheel. Backing the rig into the site was a challenge due to trees and posts marking the campsites, but we managed with a little wiggling and patience. We had one of the best sites as we were totally off the road and there was great vegetation around us providing privacy. Many of the pull through sites in that loop are on the road that runs through the campground. It was so tight, that several campers did not fully extend their bumps. There is no dump (there's one in town at the Forest Service Office) and there is no water available to fill tanks. There is water available to fill small jugs. We made sure to fill our tanks before we got there. The road to the campground is steep but fairly easy even when towing a big rig. So I just listed all the problems, but it's a wonderful national park location. The rangers did nightly programs on the history, geology, and animal life. This is a designated dark sky area and the star gazing is outstanding. We toured both rims, North and South. Both provide outstanding views of the canyon. It's about a 90 minute drive from the South Rim to the North Rim from the campground. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
21B
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Sites were pull off but fairly easy to get into though be careful of branches. Branches need cut back a bit and we scratched our 5th wheel on them. Overall we found this a good campground for viewing the Black Canyons It was very basic but nice. We enjoyed our stay and would stay here again. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 57
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Site was a pull-off shoulder on the B loop but wide enough to keep slideouts off the road. Excellent NP campground, quiet, forested with low oaks and many deer wandering through or even just laying in the grass in the campsites. Bathrooms are pit toilets, water is a single communal spigot near the loop entrance, good 50A electrical hookup. No WIFI or Verizon cell service in the campground. Long uphill pull to get to the park, but worthwhile if visiting the park multiple days. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B18
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Deer can be aggressive and there are special dog rules during the summer... see park website. If you are fit and enjoy a challenge, get a wilderness permit for a scramble down to the Gunnison river from the south rim. Else drive down a steep but good road to East Portal for river access. Montrose is 25 minutes from the park and is a large town will all the usual big box and franchise stores. Camp Robber is a good American restaurant, with killer nachos.

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Review Count: 119
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

You are inside the park, with mule deer everywhere. Campground was not level (3") and it was so close to the road we couldn't use the driver side slide outs. Electric only, no water, no dump station. They don't sell firewood and you can't collect down dead wood. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5B
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Get firewood in town before coming up to the campground.

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Review Count: 103
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 33

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

We made a reservation in the B loop for our 36ft travel trailer. This site required us to park parallel to the road on the gravel shoulder of the road. Because the road was somewhat narrow and the shoulder was narrow it was difficult for us to maneuver and we were unable to open the slide out completely. We had 50 amp service which worked well. There were no other utilities. No dump station in park. There was no cell or Wi-Fi service. We were able to pick up local channels with antenna. Despite all of these inconvenient things, this is a beautiful park and well worth the problems of the campsite. Numerous deer wandered through our campsite and each site was separated from its neighbor by oak and other shrubs. The night sky was glorious and allowed viewing of millions of stars and the Milky Way. There are two trails which allow leashed dogs, a rarity in a National Park. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B004
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Stop at all of the overlooks on the south rim. The boat tours sponsored by the park service was well worth the 25 mile drive out of the main part of the park. Be aware of that if you wish to visit this with your vehicle and trailer that the parking is over 3/4 mile regular parking and trailhead. The hike to the boat launches strenuous but well worth the effort.

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Review Count: 87
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is your basic NPS campground. Great location but this one was not kept up. I know the in thing is to keep things wild and vegetation natural, but there is a fine line to staying in the woods and becoming one with the woods. Our site was not level and was hard to get it level but it worked. It was fine and we would probably go back. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 71
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 41

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in the loop with electric; very good 50 amp. There is no dump station and no where in the park to fill rv tanks nor is it allowed. Pit toilets and a water spigot in each of the three campgrounds. Our spot was very spacious and plenty long for a 38 foot wheel, truck and jeep. The road is narrow so there is very little swing room. The picnic area was shady and private. Many of the pull thrus are along the road and many of the back ins are for the smallest of rv's. Tent campers have many good choices. Lots of deer in the campground snacking on the bush and snoozing in the shade. The evening ranger programs were very good and well attended. It is a beautiful park and well worth a visit. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
21B
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $9.00
Overall Rating:

This is a National Park, but not one of the better sites. We knew in advance that there was no water at the sites, but were surprised when we arrived with no water and no provision in the park to fill an RV water tank. Also, no dump station, so we only stayed one of the three nights we had reserved. We had a pull through site which was OK, but were lucky as many of the pull through were nothing more than a "pull over"... If you have slides, you will most likely have too little width. This campground was a disappointment, due to the water situation. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Amazing, amazing views in this park. Really tight fit for our rig but we are old pros. Loved the visitor center and quiet camping spot. Will bring the grandkids next year. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 80
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

We were very pleasantly surprised by the 50 amp power, sure was nice during the cold weather. This park is very tight for our 35' 5er, but we made it work. We were here early in the season and needed to trim some shrubbery to be able to park. It's very quiet, with lots of deer, and beautiful scenery. Entrance is a steep hill, take your time going both ways. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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