Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Saturday, after our chores, we went to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

It was late in the day, so our experience of the park was driving to all the view points.

We stayed at the South Rim Campground for the night which was $7.50 with the National Parks Access Pass.

In the morning we drove down to the bottom of the Canyon to check out the East Portal Campground. It was an 18% grade to get there and very scenic, but for small rigs and tents only.

2015 Cost of Camping:
87 night paid camping
103 nights free camping
187 days this year
Total spent: $1600.81
Daily average cost: $8.56

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  • Reply Susan July 15, 2015 at 8:05 am

    We stayed at this campground last year and very much enjoyed the views and the easy access to hiking trails from this campground. We ended up paying $12 per night though since having the National Parks Annual Pass does not qualify for the discounted rate. Still a decent price considering the views and the fact that you are staying inside a National Park.

    • Reply Leigh July 15, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      On the reservation website, they actually show a picture of the Access Pass and accepted it for the discount which surprised me!


  • Reply Amanda July 15, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Love that park. We didn’t camp there, but would love to next time, I would also like to hike down into the canyon next time.

    Also, I hate to tell you this, but unless you’re disabled you don’t have an Access Pass, you have an Annual Pass.
    They really should re-name both because it’s very confusing!

    • Reply Leigh July 15, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      I know we went through this once before, so this time I checked the card and compared it to the picture on the website…and paid half price! Too bad the reservation site doesn’t know what the card numbers are so it can prevent this type of mistake. Oh well.

  • Reply Marshall July 20, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    I stayed at a NPS campground by Grand Coulee Dam. The info board clearly stated it takes the Annual Pass, yet when I went to the headquarters in town to buy a new Annual Pass, the lady stated they quit selling them because none of the facilities in the area take them. Huh?

    So, clearly, there is a bit of confusion about passes. Even amongst NPS employees that should know better… 😉

    • Reply Leigh July 20, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks Marshall! Now I don’t feel so bad!!

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