Planning a trip to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and need some help planning your trip?

Here is the National Park Obsessed guide for visiting Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado.

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The Quick Guide to Visiting Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Basics

Region: Intermountain / Rocky Mountains

Park Size: 30,750 acres (48.05 sq miles) (124.44 sq km)

Location: Montrose County

Closest Cities: Montrose, Colorado

Busy Season: May to August

Visitation: 432,818 (in 2019)

How much does Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Cost?

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park costs the following:

  • 7-day Passenger Vehicle Pass – $25
  • 7-day Motorcycle Pass – $20
  • 7-day Individual Pass – $15

An annual Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Pass cost $45 but it is not recommended you buy this pass. For an extra $35 you can get an American the Beautiful Pass. This $80 pass offers free admission to all 116 fee-charging National Park Units.

When is Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Open?

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is open year-round.

Are dogs allowed in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park?

Yes, pets are welcome in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park but are limited to developed areas such as roads, parking areas, picnic areas, overlooks, campgrounds, and select trails. Please review the Black Canyon of the Gunnison Pet Policy before bringing your dog to Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

Where are Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park’s visitor centers?

South Rim Visitor Center – Open Year Around

North Rim Ranger Station – Open Intermittently during Summer

Land Acknowledgment

The park now known as Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Parks is on Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) land.

Thank you to the Native Land Digital for making the Indigenous territories accessible to all. They have mapped the known territories to the best of the current knowledge and is a work in progress. If you have additional information on the Indigenous nations boundaries, please let them know.

Native Land Digital is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization with the goal to creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.

Jennifer is a long time national park blogger and the founder of National Park Obsessed. She is a dedicated National Park lover who is working on visiting all 62 US National Parks. She has currently been to 53 of the National Parks. She is dedicated to sharing her knowledge of the Parks with others and helping them learn to love the parks as much as she does.

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