There is no lodging inside the park other than the campgrounds. Lodging is available in Montrose to the West and Gunnison to the East on US Highway 50. I have stayed in both.
There are three campgrounds inside the park: located at the North Rim; South Rim; and East Portal. Some campsites at the South Rim Campground are handicapped accessible. I did not camp here just letting you know what is available.
We didn't stay in the canyon, but if you were in for camping in this area, there are two campgrounds within the park.
NORTH RIM CAMPGROUND
Open from Spring to Fall, 13 sites first-come, first-served basis (no reservations). Water available mid-May to mid-October. No hook-ups.
$12.00 per night ($6.00 per night with Interagency Senior/Access)
SOUTH RIM CAMPGROUND
Loop A - open year round. Loops B & C - open Spring to Fall 88 sites. Water available mid-May to mid-October. 30 amp electrical hookups Loop B only. Reservations can be made on website.
Loop A - $12.00 per night plus $3.00 per night if reserved
Loop B (electric hookups) - $18.00 per night plus $3.00 per night if reserved
Loop C - $12.00 per night
All sites have table, grill and toilets not far away.
There are 15 sites, which will cost you $12.00 for one night. It can be quite warm here during the summer. You can expect flying insects when the wind is still.
All this aside, it is very quiet, and not many visitors are aware that you can drive to the bottom. When we were there we saw 6 fishermen working the water, and only 6 people camping (June).
This campground is not open in the winter.
The water is very cold, coming from the bottom of the dam, and there are signs along the river for caution.
Interesting to note, when there was more water flowing through, before dams, not even the Indians had traveled the gorge. It was just too treacherous.
The campground is kept clean. Tenting is on dirt. There are vault toilets and water is available.
Montrose is only 8 miles from the South Rim entrance to Black Canyon so is a convenient place to stay if visiting the park. This motel wasn't the most heavily advertised and I'm not sure why as our stay there was altogether pleasant.
Rooms are spacious, clean, quiet and comfortable and the motel provided a nice, complimentary breakfast with cereal, muffins, OJ, coffee, granola bars and even do-it-yourself waffles. They have a pool and offer discounts to local restaurants.
Very friendly desk, close to Black Canyon, nice rooms.
Will stay there again on our next visit.
It's the closest location with running water. They have seperate facilities, which they keep clean and orderly.
Each facility has full bathroom and shower amenities, along with laundry capacity. All for very cheap. Like five dollars for bathroom/shower service.
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