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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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12 Reviews

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Review Count: 115
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 22

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

We were looking for a CG that would be convenient to exploring the Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP and would have electric since morning temps were forecasted to be in the 20's. We're self-contained and don't use the facilities. We stayed mid-week in mid-October in our 25 foot MH. This is a pleasant campground near the Visitor Center and central to all South Rim activity. There are 3 loops in a forest of tall shrubs. Sites are similar in each loop. B loop has electric. Loop C is first come first serve. Water is not available after temps drop below freezing. Limited water is available in summer - plan to arrive with water. There is no dump station. There is one in Montrose which we did not use. We stayed in loop B. Most of the sites are back in with a few pull overs. The CG map denotes S, M and L sites. Sites are dirt and most need some leveling. The shrubs provide some privacy. There's no wifi and no cell coverage in the CG. The nearest ATT and Verizon signals are at Sunset View and along HYY 347. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B22
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The Rim Trail leaves from loop C and is a mile to the Visitor Center where there are rangers to answer questions, an exhibit/movie and short trails to viewpoints. The Scenic Drive is 6 miles with 12 viewpoints. There is river access for vehicles <20 feet at East Portal. Montrose is 14 miles away with all services.

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Review Count: 65
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

If you're coming from the west, Black Canyon is the beginning of the rockies. The south rim of Black Canyon is about 8200 ft, 2500 feet above the valley below. Scrub oak is abundant on the rim of the canyon and in the campground. South Rim campground has small campsites carved into the scrub oak. Sites aren't all that far apart, but the brush makes them seem very private. Sites are smallish, roads are narrow. Nothing here is big rig friendly. Small motorhomes and trailers, though, will find a small gravel parking pad, tent pad, picnic table, and fire pit. There is electricity in loop B, and no generators allowed anywhere in the campground. So if it's the air conditioning season, get a reservation in loop B. Dogs are allowed in the campground, but deer use the campground to raise their fawns, and for much of the summer, dogs are restricted to their own campsite, to keep deer attacks to a minimum. We also had our reservation changed to a different site. There was no explanation about why our site had been "closed," but when we got there, we realized that there were two fawns in the bushes right behind the site. There's no dump station. There's a water thing, but it is only set up for filling bottles and jugs. They truck the water in from the valley. Forget cell service. The closest Verizon we found was at the far end of the scenic drive, or halfway back down the hill to Montrose. We didn't get a proper AT&T signal until we got to Montrose. As far as things to do, the national park is beautiful. There's a hike along the rim that leaves from the campground. There's a scenic drive along the rim, or hikes that go down into the canyon. Down the hill at the river is a recreation area with boating and fishing. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
10B
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

If you are a small camper, it is lovely to wake up in this beautiful place. Sites are far enough apart to feel private, but close enough to vault toilets. Roads are good, sites are gravel and fairly level. The overlooks are great, short hiking trails on most of them. Good place for a couple of days of camping. Not big rig friendly. No water in the park, so no hookups except for 50 amp electric. So you can run your coach. But the trees haven't been cut back far enough, scratched our coach, turns are too tight for our43' bus. I think the NPS website warned us, this was just our mistake. When we talked to Recreation.gov on the phone, they never mentioned that we were too big, and we didn't look past that. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B7
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Take the East Portal road (in your car, not your rv) down to the dam at the bottom of the canyon, it's twisty, but worth it, gorgeous views from the bottom looking up those steep walls. The water is beautiful, there are restrooms and picnic area.

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Review Count: 51
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 10

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

We thought this was a beautiful place to camp. We have a 40' motorhome and found the side parking was easy to get into. We had to maneuver a bit in one spot (B007) that had bushes on the passenger side, but we then were able to get out both sides of the slides. We liked the privacy the bushes provided. We couldn't use our awning, but the picnic table and the grill were on the opposite side of the RV anyway. Felt like we had total privacy sitting over there. Our next spot (B16) was also a side one without the bushes and it felt a bit more exposed, but again with table on opposite side, privacy. We did sink into the ground here too. Could not get level. There is no water, except for a little spigot for some jugs or bottles. There are no showers, no dump station, so be prepared. We did have electric, which was nice. Beautiful scenery, nice easy trails, dark park, great night skies, close to Black Canyon South Rim. It is a steep road for about 3 1/2 miles to get there. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B 7 and 16
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Get to the South Rim and stop at all overlooks. Near Montrose, cute little town. Doodler Dog Groomer does great job.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

Nice campground, very clean. Lot spacing places your neighbor nearby. Gravel pads featuring a fire ring and picnic table. Deer wonder through all day long. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Loop B
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Catch a ranger talk at the amphitheater.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

Sites well-separated from each other by dense scrub oak with sparse overhead cover. Stayed in Elec-only site on loop B (50A hookups) power stable at ~122V. Water hydrants are located near entrance to each loop--water is trucked in, so filling of RV tanks from hydrants is not permitted--good idea to come in with tanks full. Sites gravel and fairly level. Pit toilets were clean and well-maintained. Excellent proximity to the vistas in the national park. No Verizon cell in the campground--good 4G signal starting at about mile marker 5 a few miles outside the park entrance. No firewood in the park--the store at the turnoff from Hwy 50 to the park does sell wood. Strict and rigidly enforced rules on leaving any kind of food container or cooking gear outside while site is not attended (bears). We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B Loop
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

~10 miles to Montrose, Walmart located on US550 in town.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $9.00
Overall Rating:

We were lucky to get the last electric site since we didn't know they now take reservations. Our site was roomy and level. Lots of areas to walk dogs. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
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Review Count: 90
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $9.00
Overall Rating:

A quick overnight stop that allowed us to vehicle tour the south rim the next day. Fee station was closed and ranger at Visitor Center was just closing as we arrived but had us come in and gave us the info we needed. As with most state, regional and national facilities; sites well spaced apart from your neighbors. Only one wood block under one corner to get completely level - probably could've done without it (I know you folks with levelers laugh every time I write this part of the review!) Electrical steady per my surge meter. Nice and quiet in the evening. Awoke to deer grazing just across from our site. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B14
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Loop B has electric. Dumpsters are near the self pay fee station.

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Review Count: 123
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Rate reflects senior pass. No reservations after Labor Day, just first come-first served, and the electric sites seemed to fill by 6 pm midweek, mid-September. The campground and the park exceeded my expectations and I regret not staying another day. The vault toilets were OK, and the site had a living area a couple of steps below, for picnic table and grill. The ranger offered a two mile full moon hike plus other programs in the morning at the visitor center. Strong antenna TV signal, but we got no AT&T cellular. I would return. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 196
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Just be sure to bring your own water (and leveling system!), and you're good to go. Lovely location, with a nice trail to the Visitor Center from the campground that is also dog-friendly. (All the overlooks and 2 of the trails are--a rarity for National Parks!) Lots of elbow room and privacy. Great place to stay, rather than make the drive in/out and stay in town. Did not see any wildlife (except scat), but there were tons of warnings about bear proofing, so heads up on that front. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 205
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: September, 2008 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Nice campground and interesting visitors center with a 20 minute film about the canyon. Really beautiful canyon with lots of look outs with breathtaking views. There are 3 loops with loop B having 50 amp service. Noticed a number of sites with tent pads and quite a few pull through sites with the rest being back ins. Site B-21 can easily take a 40 foot motor home with a medium size tow vehicle. We were able to put our awning out too. Some sites were very private with Gamble Oaks and other bushes surrounding the sites. We found that some of the back in sites were narrow making it hard to open all of your slides and awning. FILL UP your water tanks before coming, the water they provide is for drinking only. There is no dump station at the campground but they do have a list of places where you can dump your tanks. The list is posted at the fee station. We would stay here again, it was very quiet and relaxing. Camping fees are $18.00 or $12.00 with the Golden Age Pass. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 213
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: August, 2005 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

This was a very nice campground, the B loop has about 25 sites that have 30/50 amp electric (although no water since it has to be hauled up two miles from the canyon floor to the canyon rim). Vault toilets. Some pull-throughs and some back-ins, many were large enough for our 30 foot class A, but a sign at the pay station advises that 37 feet is the maximum RV length and the website cautions against anything over 35 feet. There was some shrubery and shade in some sites, we saw many deer in our campsite. Our toad's battery gave out at one of the look-out spots on the rim scenic drive and the rangers were very helpful in trying to get us started and recommending a good auto parts store in Montrose. No dump facilities in the campground. We very much liked the park and the campground and appreciated the electric hook-up. One thing to note is that the five mile drive on Hwy 347 to the campground is rather steep. We just took our time and had no difficulties. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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