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Getting to Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is located in west-central Colorado, where the Gunnison River has cut a deep and narrow canyon. Visits to both the north and south rim are possible, though the south rim is more developed and sees the large majority of visitors. The city of Montrose, just a few miles from the south rim, is the closest city of size.

Driving to Black Canyon of the Gunnison

To get to the South Rim, take US50 east from Montrose about 6 miles and turn left on CO-347. Follow this north about 7 miles to the park entrance. To reach the North Rim, follow Black Canyon Road and the unpaved North Rim Road for about 15 miles south of Crawford.

Below you will find an interactive map showing the location of South Rim Visitor Center in Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Following this are the official park maps provided by the National Park Service. You can view either the original PDF file or a simple JPEG image file (some of these files can be quite large). The map links will open in a new tab. Note that while these maps are useful for general navigation around the park, if you plan to do any hiking, you should really have a proper Black Canyon of the Gunnison Trail Map.

Flying to Black Canyon of the Gunnison

The park’s gateway city, Montrose, has a small regional airport with limited commercial service. Grand Junction has more, and Denver is a full service international airport, though quite distant. Below you will find a list of these airports, ordered by distance. For each airport we give useful links for further information on the airport, as well as flight and rental car bookings. These links already have the destination airport selected for your convenience. For price searches, simply enter your origin and dates.

Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ)

  • Located in Montrose, Colorado, 15 miles by car to Black Canyon’s South Rim
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Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT)

  • Located in Grand Junction, Colorado, 79 miles by car to Black Canyon’s South Rim
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Denver International Airport (DEN)

  • Located well east of Denver, Colorado, 279 miles by car to Black Canyon’s South Rim
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