National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison Dog Policy

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is Somewhat Dog Friendly

Dogs Limited
Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash []
Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash []

The park protects a quarter of the Gunnison River, which slices sheer canyon walls from dark Precambrian-era rock. The canyon features some of the steepest cliffs and oldest rock in North America, and is a popular site for river rafting and rock climbing. The deep, narrow canyon is composed of gneiss and schist, which appears black when in shadow.[1]

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is somewhat dog friendly. While dogs are only allowed on a few trails, they're allowed along roads and at campgrounds while on a leash. Dogs are not allowed inside any buildings. Dogs also cannot be left unattended in vehicles.

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Pet Policy Details
48 mi2
Annual Visitors

Trail Policy

Dogs are allowed on only a few trails at Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The trails they're allowed on are:

  • Cedar Point Nature Trail
  • North Rim Cashm View Nature Trail
  • Rim Rock Trail

Dogs are not allowed on any other trails.

Campground Policy

Dogs are allowed at campgrounds, as long as they're on a leash. They are not allowed at the campground amphitheater. Dogs may not be left unattended at campsites.

The following boarding services are available in the area:

  • Stoney Hill Pet Lodge, 59049 Ida Rd, Olathe, CO (970) 323-5060
  • Iron Will Dog Lodge, 18077 6500 Rd, Montrose, CO (970) 596-8709
  • San Juan Vet Clinic, 822 Spring Creek Rd, Montrose, CO (970) 249-4490
  • Pearl's Pet Lodge, 13989 6900 Rd, Montrose, CO (970) 250-8932
  • Montrose Veterinary Clinic, 2260 S. Townsend Ave, Montrose, CO (970) 249-5469
  • Critter Sitters and Outfitters, 98 County Road 17, Gunnison, CO (970) 641-0460
Campground Dogs Allowed? # Dog Friendly Sites Equipment
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison Np South Rim Campground Yes 57 Car, Caravan/Camper Van, Pickup Camper, Pop Up, RV, Tent, Trailer Reservations/Info
East Portal Campground Yes Info
North Rim Campground Yes Info
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Road Policy

Dogs are allowed on any roads, as long as they're on a 6' leash.

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[1] Overview text from the Wikipedia article List of national parks of the United States, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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