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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
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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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21 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: 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: 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: 24
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

The pickings were slim when we got here. Loop B has 50 amp and we managed to find a spot although it took a bit of doing to get the trailer in. Very quiet. Many spaces were available in A and C loops late in the evening. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
b12
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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: 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: 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: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

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

Good, basic park. Does not have flush toilets but knew that before we went there. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Truck Camper.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
23
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my truck camper
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

Drydocking with fire ring and picnic table. We just fit into a spot on loop C along the road but had to back it into the spot to snug up against two short "bumper" posts in the ground. Pit toilets, no water in latrines but you can get water for bottles, not for your RV. It is a fairly steep drive in and out for about 5 miles. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C24
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Morrow Point Boat Tour that leaves Pine Creek on the Gunnison River in Curecanti NRA just East of the National Park. Must call for reservations!

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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: 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: 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: 10
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This was a nice campground. The only problem was I called to see if they had water available to fill our fresh water tank and they said yes. When we got there, they only had a drinking fountain so we had to go 4 days using bottled water. There were deer everywhere and it was very quiet and peaceful. Be very bear aware in this park. They had a "problem bear" alert while we were there, and although our neighbors told us the bear showed up twice the night before we got there, we never saw him. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Loop B site 18
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

The Black Canyon is so beautiful. Take the Portal Road down and do all the scenic overlooks on the Rim Road. It's well worth it!!

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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: 79
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

Built for visual privacy from your neighbors to the sides, the back- in sites now have trails to the other loops reducing privacy. Additional sites have been added as pull-through-up sites along each loop's road. Some sites had cell phone connection, we did not. Good Verizon connection was available in spots on the South Rim Road. We will return. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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