Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

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Visit Gunnison Natural Park to see the deepest part of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Some spots only get 33 minutes of sunlight a day. The jagged and dramatic cliffs formed millions of years ago when two volcanic islands collided. Take a scenic drive on U.S. Route 50 or 92, which offers views of the canyon walls along the rim. If you're an experienced climber, spend some time on the craggy walls, or watch others tackle the challenge. Hiking to the canyon floor is also an option, but keep in mind that the trails are rough and not maintained. Poison ivy grows along the trails, so long sleeves and tall hiking boots are recommended. Plan to visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park during your Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park vacation using our convenient Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip itinerary maker .
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  • Great camping which is rarely busy right down on the river. Fishing from the CG to the dam is decent but expect to see more fish than you catch, they are smart and see a lot of lures. East Portal road...  more »
  • What an amazing park! There is a ton to see and do. We first had a ranger-led walk along a canyon rim, we did the Junior Ranger program, we drove along amazing viewpoints, and we hiked, hiked, hiked.  more »
  • This is such a pretty place! If you're in area of Gunnison don't miss it. It's back off the main highway and if you don't watch it you can miss it. Make sure you stop at the shop at the corner of 347 ...  more »
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  • Worth all the time in the world to spend there. There are still least a dozen places to park and take a short hike to the canyon to enjoy the spectacular views. I really wish that I had the time and the chance to hike at the bottom of the canyon, it looked like it would have been amazing! I would highly recommend everybody to take advantage of all the different viewpoints, so they can see as much of this beautiful place as you can. If you are more adventurous and want to do some climbing, you can do that on the eastern side of the canyon. Just make sure you get a permit and have all the proper climbing gear.
  • My favorite national park in Colorado. Absolutely stunning views and lightly used trails to really get away. The campgrounds are conveniently located in either side of the canyon, but beware the camping sites are actually quite small, and don't offer a lot of reprieve from the heat. Surprisingly, bears are quite active in the campgrounds despite how packed they are, so definitely use the bear boxes for storage!
  • I live close to the Black Canyon and have backpacked it for a quarter century. Although it is more popular now that it is a park, the north rim is still quiet. Climbers come in season and you will meet a few folks on the very nice walk to Exclamation Point but the inner canyon can be all yours off season.
  • 1930's-era Southwestern National Park that protects the spectacular and genuinely frightening Black Canon of the Gunnison River. Composed of two major units on either side of the canyon and and a shared third unit on the river east of the canon proper. The largest unit, the South Rim Unit, offers a developed campground, visitor center, and a 8-mile scenic drive along the rim with multiple viewing areas of the canyon below. In winter, parts of this road are closed to motorized traffic and groomed for ski and snowshoe access. The South unit also provides road access (seasonal, 16+% grade) to the seasonal East Portal Unit of the adjacent Curecanti National Recreation Area, a camping area on the river east of the canyon. The smaller North Rim Unit offers seasonal camping and views and is accessible from CO. 92. While both units offer trail access to the bottom of the canyon, this can be very, very dangerous and requires considerable training, skill, gear and experience.
  • Very nice park with fantastic scenery. The south rim drive is about 6 miles & there are about a dozen scenic overlooks. Some are real close to the road & others are accessed by trails up to about 1/4 mile. It is easy hiking.

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Where to stay in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

If you don't stay in one of the two campgrounds in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, the nearby town of Montrose serves as the second-most convenient option. Here you'll find numerous economy motels and a few small bed and breakfasts and inns. Many of these are only about 16 km (10 mi) from the park's south entrance. Delta sits north of Montrose and offers a similar range of accommodation types. Here, you'll be about 40 km (25 mi) from the park. About 56 km (35 mi) south of the park, the small town of Ouray offers a couple of hotels, some of which sit in restored brick Victorian buildings that characterize the town's architecture.
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