Top Campgrounds and RV Parks in Gunnison National Park

Step into the awe-inspiring realm of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, where the sheer magnitude is overwhelming, yet an intimate connection to the pulse of time prevails. This landscape unfolds as a showcase of North America's most striking features, featuring towering cliffs, ancient rock formations, and rugged spires shaped by the Gunnison River's relentless dance over two million years. The interplay of rock, water, and sky in this vertical wilderness creates a breathtaking tableau, with each crevice and crag revealing a story etched by the hands of time.

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South Rim Campground

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Nestled just one mile from the South Rim Visitor Center, the South Rim Campground beckons with an enticing blend of convenience and natural beauty. From mid-May to mid-October, secure your spot by making reservations on recreation.gov, ensuring a prime location to soak in the stunning surroundings. As the season progresses, the campground shifts to a first-come, first-served basis, offering a spontaneous escape into the rugged allure of Black Canyon. The sites, adorned with gambel oak and serviceberry bushes, create a partially shaded oasis, where intimacy with nature is woven into the camping experience. Loop B stands out with 20 and 30-amp electric hookups, catering to diverse camping needs.

Why You’ll Love South Rim Campground

Amidst this scenic haven perched at 8,000 feet in elevation, the campground sits on the very rim of Black Canyon, promising breathtaking views and a touch of adventure. While the warm season provides access to refreshing drinking water, it's essential to note the absence of showers, dish cleaning stations, and water for RV tanks, embracing a true camping experience. Prepare for the unpredictable dance of weather at this elevation, where sunshine may quickly yield to cold rain or snow, transforming the campground into a dynamic, ever-changing landscape. Even in the heart of summer, embrace the essence of 3-season camping, complete with the invigorating touch of wind that often graces this remarkable rim-side retreat.

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North Rim Campground

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While the campground's services are minimal to preserve the surrounding vegetation and forest resources, a gentle reminder encourages visitors to use designated tent pads and avoid tying, hanging, or attaching anything to the trees. As summer unfolds, this hidden gem quickly fills up, particularly during weekends, attesting to its popularity among seekers of solitude and natural beauty. The campground enforces a maximum combined length of 22 feet for RVs, cars, and trailers, emphasizing a harmonious coexistence with the environment. Embrace the possibility of donated firewood during the summer, but it's always prudent to come prepared with your own, considering the remote nature of this idyllic retreat. In this untouched oasis, cell phone service fades away, allowing you to fully disconnect and revel in the immersive tranquility of the North Rim.

Why You’ll Love North Rim Campground

In the remote expanse of the North Rim campground, discover 13 sites seamlessly integrated among the pinyon and juniper trees, offering an intimate escape into the natural serenity of Black Canyon. Available on a first-come, first-served basis, this tranquil haven provides an authentic, unplugged experience, with the last 7 miles of the North Rim Road and the campground road leading through unpaved terrain, adding an extra layer of adventure to the excursion.

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East Portal Campground

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While the East Portal Road closes to vehicular traffic, it remains open to pedestrians and cyclists during the winter months, providing an alternative mode of exploration for nature enthusiasts. The closure of East Portal Road, determined by the Bureau of Reclamation, ensures safety amid the challenging conditions, including a steep 16% grade and sharp, narrow curves. With an elevation of 6526 feet, this secluded campground invites those with a spirit of adventure, though it's important to note that vehicles exceeding 22 feet in length (including trailers) are restricted from traversing the East Portal Road, further emphasizing the need for a nimble approach to fully appreciate the wonders of this unique landscape.

Why You’ll Love East Portal Campground

Situated within Curecanti National Recreation Area, the East Portal Campground offers a unique haven adjacent to and exclusively accessible from Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, where a $30 entrance fee provides entry to this captivating natural realm. Nestled at the bottom of the canyon, next to the soothing flow of the Gunnison River, the campground is a cozy retreat shaded by the welcoming presence of box elder trees. It's an ideal destination for those seeking an immersive experience at the heart of this majestic landscape.

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Cedar Creek RV Park

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Montrose, Colorado has been described as the “Hub of Western Colorado.” The town and Cedar Creek RV Park are literally surrounded by sights to explore and adventures to experience: The Black Canyon of the Gunnison tiol Park is to the east, the San Juan Mountains are to the south, the Uncompahgre Plateau is to the west and Grand Mesa is to the north of this park.

Why You’ll Love Cedar Creek RV Park

Cedar Creek is one of the smaller big-rig-friendly RV parks on the Western Slope. At Cedar Creek, pets are not only welcomed, but they are encouraged to visit with a large, enclosed exercise area and a vet right across the street. After your pets enjoy some playtime, your family can enjoy a round of putt-putt on the park’s mini-golf course.

What People Are Saying About Cedar Creek RV Park

“Tiny Homes” you can rent by the night or week!! And you even have the River running through the back part of the property!! Beautiful, quaint, quiet and very affordable! Great for locals and those just traveling through who want to be outdoors, yet have simple amenities and be close to everything Downtown Montrose has to offer.” – Danielle, Google Review

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Olathe, Colorado, is known for its down-home hospitality and family-friendly summer concerts. This peaceful farming community’s highlight is the Olathe Sweet Corn Festival, which is considered one of the biggest little festivals in the U.S. Many folks reserve a day at the Uncompahgre River RV Park and stay for a month once they’ve experienced this sweet community.

Why You’ll Love Uncompahgre River RV Park

Uncompahgre River RV Park provides a remote location with top-of-the-line amenities. First-timers and full-timers alike enjoy being close but not too close to the area’s attractions, shops, and restaurants. This park was designed and built with a high level of expertise and pride that has made Uncompahgre River RV Park a great place to stay.

What People Are Saying About Uncompahgre River RV Park

“Love this place. Loved camping here. Owners are awesome. Clean individual showers with sink and toilet and great laundry facilities. Doggie friendly with beautiful walking trail near the river. Quiet and well maintained.” – J.G., Google Review

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“A great park to get away from it all and relax, take in local activities. The park and facilities are exceptional.” – Ed, Google Review

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Valley Sunset RV Ranch

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For one of the best values when it comes to Grand Junction RV parks rates, Valley Sunset RV Ranch is an excellent choice. It is located in Delta, Colorado which is about 50 miles from Grand Junction. This campground is big-rig-friendly and easily accessible from Highway 50.

Why You’ll Love Valley Sunset RV Ranch

Valley Sunset RV Ranch is a great budget option for RVers and offers some of the highest values for its rates. It is a quiet, shady park and has pull-through campsites. For a centrally located home base near all of the national monuments and state parks in the area, you can’t go wrong with Valley Sunset RV Ranch.

What People Are Saying About Valley Sunset RV Ranch

“Friendly staff, plenty of room to maneuver a big rig, and the cheapest LP prices we’ve ever seen. Been there twice and will stay there again.” – Mark, Google Review,

“Very nicely laid out, well maintained with excellent hookups and tent camping available!” – Bradford, Google Review

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Shady Creek RV Park

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Along the picturesque Grand Mesa Scenic Byway, you’ll find Cedaredge, Colorado home of the fall Applefest. Visitors here take a step back in time on the Main Street boardwalk and at the Pioneer Town Museum, which is a 19th-century Western village. Shady Creek RV Park is a peaceful haven surrounded by orchards, vineyards, groves of white ash and abundant trout-filled lakes.

Why You’ll Love Shady Creek RV Park

Shady Creek RV Park provides spectacular landscapes, deer that visit daily and a bubbling brook that runs behind the property. Shady Creek is a relaxing escape on the Western Slope, offering an abundance of entertainment options away from city life. Lakes and rivers, meadows and mountains call out to be explored.

What People Are Saying About Shady Creek RV Park

“A beautiful RV park with mature shade trees that is quiet and peaceful. A creek runs across the back of it. Deer come in to eat the apples that fall from the trees. Owners are tired and want to sell, so the place is being kept in top condition. Much nicer than the one up the road that has no shade, no shelter from storms.” – Ken, Google Review

“We stayed for Apple Fest weekend and luckily they had a cancellation and we got a nice site right on the creek. We could walk to all the fest events. There are some large beautiful trees in the campground, with plenty of shade. Full hookups and laundry available, nice clean campground.” – Patricia, Google Review

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Aspen Trails RV & Campground

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Aspen Trails RV & Campground is located 53 miles from Grand Junction and is surrounded by the Grand Mesa National Forest. It is a well-appointed RV campground that can accommodate big rigs up to 75 feet in maximum length. It is easily located from CO-65 in between Grand Mesa and Cedaredge.

Why You’ll Love Aspen Trails RV & Campground

Why You’ll Love Aspen Trails RV & Campground Aspen Trails RV & Campground will win your heart with its cozy RV camping, family-friendly cafe, and beautiful location. It has large, level, gravel campsites and is surrounded by beautiful views of the mesa. When it comes to camping in the Grand Junction, Colorado, area, Aspen Trails offers a lot of value at a great price.

What People Are Saying About Aspen Trails RV & Campground

“Great place to stay! Very relaxing, very hospitable! Great views and little cafe inside has great food– home cooking at its finest. So many sweet personal touches.” – Anna, Google Review

“Great location for going either up to the Mesa for fishing or into town for supplies. Friendly, helpful staff. Great homemade food. Another enjoyable stay!” – Gerald, Google Review

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Only 34 miles from Old Hundred Gold Mine, the Ouray KOA is well situated for a good time. Take a tour on the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, tour the gold mines, and spend a day at Black Canyon National Park. Enjoy all that the area has to offer from your home base at the Ouray KOA campground.

Why You’ll Love Ouray KOA Campground

A nice camp with streams running through. The Creekside Cafe is located onsite, offering breakfast daily andBBQ and live entertainment on the weekends.

What People Are Saying About Ouray KOA Campground

“This park is beautifully situated among trees with mountain views, and is off the highway. It is fairly quiet, especially at night.” – Arizona Nancy, RV Park Reviews

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Ouray RV Park and Cabins

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Located on 7.5 acres of Uncompaghre River front and surrounded by mountain views, Ouray RV Park is a short walk from all the Ouray shops, Ouray river walk, and the Ouray Hot Springs Pool. You’ll enjoy unobstructed moutain views and occasional views of Bridal Veil Falls during the summer.

Why You’ll Love Ouray RV Park and Cabins

With fantastic views and close access to Ouray, this RV park offers plenty to do. Some sites have views of Bridal Veil Falls and Skyrocket Falls during the summer. ATV and Jeep enthusiasts will enjoy easy access to many Ouray Bike and Jeep trails. Also enjoy hiking, fishing, and biking.

What People Are Saying About Ouray RV Park and Cabins

“This is a great park if you want to be very close to Ouray. The best thing going for the park is its location, just a mile from the main part of town. It’s a quick drive to get there, or you can walk along the riverwalk trail which runs right along the RV Park. The park is also right along the Uncompahgre River. The views from the park are wonderful, though the tall mountains to the east mean that you won’t see the sun until two hours later than official sunrise!” – LifeRebooted, RV Park Reviews

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4J+1+1 RV Park and Campground

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Located just two blocks from downtown Ouray and just under 30 miles from Old Hundred Gold Mine, this campground offers the best of the outdoors in a small town setting. The Ouray Hot Springs Pool is located just a short walk from the north end of the campground. Walk across town to see Box Canyon Falls or Cascade Falls.

Why You’ll Love 4J+1+1 RV Park and Campground

Why you’ll love 4J+1+1 RV Park and Campground This is a family oriented park located within walking distance of a grocery store, restaurants, craft beer, and coffee. There is a playground for the kids and the Ouray Hot Springs Pool is nearby. If you feel like a short walk, the Ouray river walk offers a 2 mile round trip walking trail on the Uncompahgre river and the new Ouray Perimeter trail head is nearby along with other beautiful hiking trails.

What People Are Saying About 4J+1+1 RV Park and Campground

“Try the Ouray Perimeter Trail if you are in to hiking – or at least go to Box Canyon Falls (which is included in the whole perimeter trail hike). Also recommend the 15 minute drive to Ridgway to eat on the rooftop Sky Bar at the Chipeta Lodge and Spa. Live music on Fridays. Great views, especially as the sun is setting.” – RV Park Reviews

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Castle Lakes Campgrounds & Cabins

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Castle Lakes campground is a pleasantly forested campground located on the Alpine Loop. Located 31 miles from Old Hundred Gold Mine, it sports 2 good trout lakes and great hiking, 4-wheeling, biking and jeep trails.

Why You’ll Love Castle Lakes Campgrounds & Cabins

Remotely located in a peaceful forest, this campground has a playground and horseshoe pits for the kids and 2 private fishing lakes. It is a 20 minute drive to restaurants, museums, historic district and 30 minutes to the ghost town and mine tours. There is plenty to keep you busy here.

What People Are Saying About Castle Lakes Campgrounds & Cabins

“The sites are mostly back-in sites but some very large TT and fifth wheels had no problems getting in and out. The scenery is tremendous! The lakes are surrounded by snow capped peaks. The campground elevation is over 9,000 feet so be prepared with warm clothes. Lake City is very small with only two small grocery stores. Be advised to bring food and beverages with you.” -HangDiver, RV Park Reviews

“A well stocked General store and just down the road. . . in two days I’ve seen 7 moose. Aspens were changing and snow along Alpine Loop. I will return there once again next year. I feel so relaxed and stress free while camping at Castle Lakes Camp Grounds.” – Naturespaintbrush, RV Park Reviews

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The Highlander RV Campground overlooks Lake Fork of the Gunnison River and is surrounded by fantastic views of the San Juan Mountains. You can hear relax to the sound of the nearby waterfall. Enjoy the natural trails in the area. The campground is just over 13 miles from the Old Hundred Gold Mine

Why You’ll Love Highlander RV Campground

This is a nice campground for nature lovers. There is a nice hiking trail behind the campground and more trails nearby.

What People Are Saying About Highlander RV Campground

“As first timers there, we really enjoyed this facility. The owners really made us feel at home. The altitude was a bit to get used to, but all else was great!!! We would definitely go back next year!”– TXRVKing2013, RV Park Reviews ” A wonderful park, we really wanted to stay longer. It is a small park and backing into the sites is not for the newbie or faint of heart but once parked you are glad you came. It is another of those parks with a great setting and really, really nice owners who make sure everything runs smoothly. The laundry and the showers were so clean we happily used them instead of our own and I noticed others did as well. There is a nice pavilion with a few gas grills available for use.

– PBuds, RV Park Reviews

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In Summary

Traversing this geological masterpiece, you become part of a captivating narrative, where the grandeur of Black Canyon tells a tale of enduring forces and natural artistry. The steep cliffs and ancient rock formations stand as a testament to nature's resilience, inviting you to immerse yourself in the profound beauty and geological wonders that define this extraordinary landscape.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Are there pet friendly RV Parks & Campgrounds in Gunnison National Park?

Yes. The majority of campgrounds we selected in this blog allow pets.