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CAMPGROUND EMERGENCY CLOSURE!

Due to the East Portal Road being closed for summer 2021 by the Bureau of Reclamation, owner of the road, the East Portal Campground will be closed for summer 2021.

The campground may open in the fall, but this depends on the status of the road. We will update this emergency notification once we know for sure about the fall 2021 status.

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East Portal Campground Overview

The East Portal Campground is located within Curecanti National Recreation Area, but is adjacent to and only accessible from Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, where the entrance fee is $30. The campground is located at the bottom of the canyon, along the Gunnison River. It is a small campground shaded by box elder trees. East Portal is closed in winter, when the Bureau of Reclamation closes the East Portal Road. Elevation: 6526 feet
Directions to Campground

From Montrose, take Hwy 50 east. After about 6 miles turn left onto Hwy 347 and follow it for 6 miles. Hwy 347 turns into the South Rim Drive of Black Canyon National Park. Just past the park’s entrance station, turn right into East Portal. Follow the road 5 miles to the base of the canyon and turn left at the T-Junction. The Campground is just past the ranger station.

The East Portal Campground is located within Curecanti National Recreation Area, but is adjacent to and only accessible from Black Canyon National Park. The campground is located at the bottom of the canyon, along the Gunnison River. It is a small, tent-only campground shaded by box elder trees. East Portal is closed in winter, when the Bureau of Reclamation closes the East Portal Road.

East Portal Campground sites cannot be reserved. They are all First Come, First Serve.

Standard Camping Fee

The nightly camping fee at East Portal is $16.00.
Group size limit is eight people and two vehicles. When water is turned off in the campground (spring and fall), camping fees are not charged.
Cost: $16.00

Senior / Access Camping Fee

Discounted camping rate for valid Senior or Access passes. The nightly camping fee with valid passes is $8.00.
Group size limit is eight people and two vehicles. When water is turned off in the campground (spring and fall), camping fees are not charged.
Cost: $8.00