Black Canyon of the Gunnison, CO

Gunnison gets a 3 paw park rating since it has 2 trails open for pets; additionally pets are allowed at all of the overlooks.  The canyon is over 2700 feet deep, and you can access it from either rim, however the north rim road is not paved and both roads are closed in the winter, but the south rim road is open as far as the visitor center.  Be aware that it is a 2.5-3 hour drive from one side of the canyon to the other when the roads are open.

Black Canyon of the GunnisonThere are pet friendly trails on both of the rims.  The south rim trail is called Rim Rock trail; it is a moderate 2 mile round trip between the campground and the visitor center along the rim of the canyon.  The north rim trail is called Chasm View Nature trail and is a short 0.3 mile easy walk.  There are 9 overlooks on the south side and 5 on the north side where pets are allowed.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison, dogs in National ParksThe south rim campground is the only one open year round, but electrical sites are only available in the summer.  Summer tent camping is also available at the east portal, however the road has a 16% grade with hairpin turns and is limited to vehicles shorter than 22 feet.   Camping on the north rim is limited to 13, first-come, first-served sites.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

While the pet areas are limited, the park is worth a visit for some incredible views.

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Wandering photographer and balloon pilot with a Great Dane and a trailer. Trying to create happier and healthier lives for Great Danes and their humans. Happy dog, happy life!
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3 Responses to Black Canyon of the Gunnison, CO

  1. Wow, great photos! Well done. I had occasion to visit there a few years ago, and it was a magnificent land. Well worth the trip indeed.

  2. Pingback: National Park week – Black Canyon of the Gunnison | Bark "Cheese!" Blog

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