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    Top Spots in and near Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    • Montrose County, Colorado

      Snowshoe in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

      2 mi / 377 ft gain
      Winter is a great time to visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Covered in snow, the canyon seems even more dramatic and sheer. The park road is plowed up until the visitor center, and there is no entrance fee in the winter. The rest of the park road is groomed for cross country skiin...
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    • Crawford, Colorado

      Warner Point Nature Trail

      5.0
      1.52 mi / 279 ft gain
      Warner Point Nature Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Montrose, Colorado.
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    • Crawford, Colorado

      Hike to the Painted Wall

      4.5
      1 mi / 25 ft gain
      At 2,250 feet, the Painted Wall in Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a sight that cannot be truly captured in photos. The layers of rock along the cliff's wall resembles a canvas with streaks from a paintbrush. This canyon took eons to create, and this view of the river and canyon walls is the high...
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    • Crawford, Colorado

      Hike the Chasm View Nature Trail

      5.0
      1 mi
      This easy trail is located along the north rim of the canyon and can be completed as either a short loop hike or a shorter out and back to the first overlook. You’ll find the trailhead at the North Rim Campground. The views of the canyon along this trail are fantastic, some of the best in the par...
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    • Montrose, Colorado

      Hike the Gunnison Route

      5.0
      2 mi / 1800 ft gain
      Immediately upon arriving, secure a permit to scramble down 1,800ft in one mile to the Gunnison River. There are no hiking trails below the rim of the canyon, and because of its relentless steepness and rock exposure, the only existing routes are incredibly steep and loose. To protect the delicat...
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    • Montrose, Colorado

      Hike the Oak Flat Loop

      5.0
      2 mi / 377 ft gain
      Black Canyon of the Gunnison is one of Colorado's four national parks. Though not as well known as Rocky Mountain or Mesa Verde, Black Canyon has no lack of views, hiking opportunities, and other must-experience natural features. The Canyon's expanse is far too large to explore in a day, but the...
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    • Montrose, Colorado

      Drive the Scenic loop at Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park

      4.5
      The Black Canyon of Gunnison is know for 2000 foot cliffs and a beautiful raging river below. The south side of the canyon is the most popular and the easiest to get to. The visitor center is also on the south side making it convenient for information and getting souvenirs. The scenic drive also ...
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    • Montrose, Colorado

      Drive the East Portal Road

      Want an easier way to get to the bottom of the canyon without the rugged hiking trails? Drive to the bottom via the East Portal Road. Open once the harsh winter breaks, this road switchbacks its way to the bottom at the meeting place of Curecanti National Recreation area and Black Canyon of the G...
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    • Montrose, Colorado

      Tomichi Point and Gunnison Point Overlooks

      5.0
      2.3 mi / 354 ft gain
      To access the South Rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, take US 50 and CO 347 to the south entrance, 15 miles east of Montrose. There is no bridge between the north and south rims of the canyon - make sure you enter from the Montrose side. After passing through the entrance st...
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    • Montrose, Colorado

      Camp at Black Canyon of the Gunnison's South Rim Campground

      5.0
      The South Rim Campground is located about 6 miles inside Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. There are a total of 88 sites, 34 of which are available year-round. Reservations are definitely recommended, but are not required - loop C is first-come, first-served. Loop B fills up first, as i...
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    • Gunnison, Colorado

      Hike the Dillon Pinnacles Trail

      4 mi / 300 ft gain
      The Dillon Pinnacles are a geologic phenomenon of southern Colorado. Volcanic eruptions formed the breccia rock into towering spires above the Sapinero Basin of Blue Mesa Reservoir. This packed dirt trail starts at about 7500 feet and climbs to a max elevation of 7800 feet. The four mile out-and-...
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    • Lake City, Colorado

      Backpack to Wetterhorn Basin

      13 mi / 3000 ft gain
      This trip is for the lover of solitude and the appreciator of the unscathed backcountry. Wetterhorn Basin is in the heart of the beautiful San Juan Mountain range in Southwestern Colorado.With a 4WD high clearance vehicle start at the West Cimarron Trailhead at 10,750 feet (38.1117N -107.5533W),...
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    • Ridgway, Colorado

      Photograph Dallas Divide

      Along with Maroon Lake and Crystal Mill, Dallas Divide is one of Colorado's iconic photography locations. It's proximity to the rugged San Juan mountains makes it an ideal location to capture some of Colorado's most incredible scenery in one picture frame. Start your adventure by grabbing your t...
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    • Cedaredge, Colorado

      Grand Mesa County Line Loop

      5.0
      5.82 mi / 302 ft gain
      The County Line Trailhead is a great way to enjoy the winter wonderland of the Grand Mesa. Both classic or skate skiing is allowed (along with snowshoeing). This is a perfect family trail since all trails are easy to moderate with a few short climbs and a maximum elevation change of 50 feet. Ther...
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    • Cedaredge, Colorado

      Run the Crag Crest Loop

      4.3
      10.4 mi / 1500 ft gain
      The Crag Crest Trail is a 10-mile loop that takes runners over one of the highest points on Grand Mesa. When traveling in a clockwise direction, the trail traverses a narrow rocky ridge for 5-miles before descending into the dense pine forest below. Grand Mesa's trails are less maintained due to ...
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    • Somerset, Colorado

      Camp at Lost Lake Slough

      5.0
      Lost Lake Slough offers camping, hiking, photography, kayaking, and more in a remote and beautiful part of Colorado. At an elevation of over 9,600 ft., the lake typically opens in mid-June after the snow is melted, and closes in October after the first significant snowfall. The campground is on...
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    Camping and Lodging in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    Black Canyon Of The Gunnison Np South Rim Campground
    Montrose, Colorado

    Black Canyon Of The Gunnison Np South Rim Campground

    Montrose / Black Canyon Nat'l Park KOA Journey
    Montrose, Colorado

    Montrose / Black Canyon Nat'l Park KOA Journey

    Cottonwood Grove Campground
    Delta, Colorado

    Cottonwood Grove Campground

    Lake Fork Campground
    Gunnison, Colorado

    Lake Fork Campground

    Silesca Cabin
    Olathe, Colorado

    Silesca Cabin

    Jackson Guard Station
    Gunnison, Colorado

    Jackson Guard Station

    Guides, Insights and Stories from Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    Exploring Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    Exploring Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    Chelsea Brinkley

    Ouray, Colorado: A Tiny Town With a Giant History of Ice Climbing

    Ouray, Colorado: A Tiny Town With a Giant History of Ice Climbing

    Connor Charles

    My Final Backpacking Trip of the Year: Blue Lakes, Colorado

    My Final Backpacking Trip of the Year: Blue Lakes, Colorado

    Sonja Saxe

    ​72 Hours in Telluride: Summer & Fall Edition

    ​72 Hours in Telluride: Summer & Fall Edition

    Josiah Roe