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Peeking deep into the marbled walls of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison is an otherworldly experience. This 30,000-acre national park, 70 miles southeast of Grand Junction, is just one of Colorado’s many treasured landscapes. It offers some great, no-frills RV camping and you can search for an RV in Montrose County to start the adventure. If you love adrenaline, this is the perfect place to visit for kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.

Black Canyon got its name from the 2,000-foot deep canyon that only receives a half hour of sunlight each day in some places. It’s one of the younger national parks, established in 1999, but is home to some of the oldest exposed rock in the world. These walls give us a glimpse of this area’s geology dating back two billion years. The canyon was carved out by the Gunnison River, which is one of the fastest-flowing rivers in North America. The park headquarters are on the south rim, though both the north and south rims are equally worthy of exploration.

Getting Outdoors

Black Canyon has endless hiking opportunities, though many of them are not recommended for novices. Inner canyon trails are dangerous and should only be attempted by experienced hikers, like the two-mile strenuous Oak Flat Loop, which takes you below the canyon rim for entrancing views downstream. Most other routes to the inner canyon aren’t maintained and are unmarked. Don’t fret, many other great, easy hikes don't put you in precarious situations, some of which can be accessed right from your RV campsite. One such trail is the one-mile Rim Rock Nature Trail that affords spectacular views down the canyon’s unique walls.

The Gunnison River offers many exciting recreational opportunities, though it’s not for everyone. Kayaking on this portion of the Gunnison is world-class, but should only be attempted by expert kayakers capable of self-rescue. The steep decline of the river creates fast flows and rapids; swimming and wading are dangerous. There are easier guided rafting opportunities available nearby. Fishermen have it a little easier; this section of the Gunnison has been designated Gold Medal Water & Wild Trout Water for its excellent trout fishing. There are many rules in effect; be familiar with them before heading out.

Other outdoor activities include driving both the north and south rim roads, which offer several fantastic overlooks. North Rim Road has some of the best jaw-dropping views in the park. Wildlife watchers can look out for yellow-bellied marmots, mountain lions, elk, bighorn sheep, and bobcats. And finally, experienced climbers can attempt the routes going up the 2,000-foot high cliff walls.

Camping at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

There are two RV campgrounds at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Neither of them has water fill or dump stations for your RV, and only vault toilets are available. Every site does have a picnic table and fire ring with grill, however. All pets must be kept on a leash and at your campsite at all times. When you’re looking at rental RVs, the park recommends a maximum vehicle length of 35 feet due to tight roads and spaces.

The South Rim Campground has 88 sites, two of which are wheelchair-accessible. This is the only campground open year-round; during winter one of the loops remains open, but there are no services. This gorgeous campground is situated in an oak brush setting above 8,000 feet in elevation and can get chilly at night, even in the summer. Generator use is prohibited in the South Rim Campground year-round, but one of the loops does have 30-amp service available during the summer. The other campground is the smaller North Rim Campground, a 13-site seasonal campground among pinyon and juniper trees. Portions of the road to North Rim Campground are unpaved, and water is only available during peak summer months.

Exploring the Area

Visitors camping at Black Canyon National Park are presented with endless summer opportunities. The south rim features daily ranger walks to learn about the natural history, human history, and wildlife. Nighttime activities include campfire programs and stargazing; the open, black skies make this area perfect for watching the night sky. Similar programs are available at the many other attractions nearby, including Mesa Verde National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park, and several other state parks and recreation areas.

The nearby town of Montrose is your best bet for fuel and supplies. This small town near the south rim has a cute downtown area with galleries, small shops, cafes, breweries, and great BBQ joints. It's also an excellent base for checking out other nearby recreation opportunities like hiking, rafting, and horseback riding. Summer events include organized bike rides, cultural events, and live music. You won't find much on the north rim of the park, mostly miles and miles of beautiful mountains and wilderness. It’s beautiful country to drive through if you’re heading to Denver, which is 250 miles to the northeast.

RV Rentals in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, CO

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, CO is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Outdoorsy's Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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Montrose / Black Canyon Nat'l Park KOA Montrose County, CO
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