A late comer to the National Park system, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison was established in October 1999. The park encompasses over 30,000 acres and includes more than 12 of the 48 mile canyon of the Gunnison River. In addition, the Painted Cliff is the highest cliff in Colorado, standing 2,250 feet from river to rim.
The park offers a variety of things to do, and see. Wildlife includes yellow-bellied marmots, elk, Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep, ringtail cats, mountain cottontails, mule deer, and more. Bird lovers will marvel at red-tailed hawks, golden eagles, and the fastest bird in the world – the Peregrine falcon.
There are two campgrounds in the park: North Rim and South Rim. The North Rim campground does not offer hookups, however the South Rim campground does. Consult the NPS campground page for more information.