Size: 30,750 Acres

Year Established: 1999

Annual Visitors: 309,000

Firearms Information in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

People who are allowed to lawfully carry firearms in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local regulations are permitted to legally own firearms in this park.

Before visiting, visitors are responsible for familiarizing themselves with all applicable state, local, and federal weapons regulations and ensuring that they are in compliance. One important regulation to remember is it is illegal to discharge any weapon within the park.

Hunting in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

There is no hunting in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Please also note there is no collecting wood, flowers, plants, animals, rocks, and other wilderness items while visiting.

If you are in the area and would like to find another option to hunt, you should check out Gunnison National Forests.

There are a total of 1,672,136 acres in the Gunnison National Forests and numerous excellent hunting spots scattered throughout the many wildness zones.

It’s usually best when hunting early in the season, to hunt above the treeline and move lower as the weather gets colder. As the weather gets colder and snow starts to fall, elk and deer start to move down the mountains.

Additional Information About Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Although it has only been protected as a national park since 1999, the magnificent Black Canyon of the Gunnison was carved out by the Gunnison River over the course of millions of years before that. The walls of the Black Canyon earned their name from the fact that they are frequently shrouded in shadows, which gives them a dark appearance. It is home to some of the oldest rocks that can be seen on the surface anywhere in the globe, including Precambrian rocks, sometimes known as “basement” rocks, which are nearly 2 billion years old.

Best Time to Visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

The best time to visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is between the months of May to October.

Visitor Fees

$15.00 per person for up to 7 days

$30.00 per vehicle for up to 7 days

$25.00 per motorcycle for up to 7 days

$55.00 for Black Canyon National Park Annual Pass

Interesting in visiting multiple National Parks this year?

Consider the America The Beautiful Annual Park Pass.

This annual park pass to gets you and some friends into all U.S. National Parks for $80.
They also offer Senior, Military, and other discounts.

Visitor Centers

South Rim Visitor Center


10346 CO-347,
Montrose, CO 81401

Phone Number

(970) 641-2337

Hours of Operation

Daily 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

Be sure to check for seasonal closures.