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    Top Spots in and near Crested Butte

    • 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

      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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    • 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

      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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    • Salida, Colorado

      Ride the Monarch Crest Trail

      5.0
      The Monarch Crest Trail has been rated as an IMBA Epic ride and is for sure an epic ride especially ending the ride with the Rainbow Trail. The Monarch Crest Trail is best ridden as a shuttle and begins at the very top of Monarch Pass just outside of Salida or Poncha Springs, Colorado on highway ...
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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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    • Leadville, Colorado

      Ski Hut-to-Hut from Uncle Bud's to Skinner Hut

      5.0
      24.5 mi / 4700 ft gain
      The trek starts just outside of Leadville near Turquoise Lake at 9800 ft. The first day you'll travel 6.5 miles and gain 1700 ft. to Uncle Bud's Hut, which sits around 11,400 ft. The second day you'll ski 7.1 miles to Skinner Hut and gain 2100 ft, mostly in the last 3 miles after having dropped...
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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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    • Nathrop, Colorado

      Hike Mt. Princeton

      4.5
      13.25 mi
      Starting at 8900 feet of elevation, this 13.25 mile roundtrip hike begins its 5400 foot elevation gain on a dirt road that winds for 3 miles until you break the treeline. If you have 4WD and good clearance you can drive most of the way up this road, shortening your entire hike by about 6 miles. J...
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    • Leadville, Colorado

      Overnight at the Emma and Marceline Yurts, Leadville

      11 mi / 1200 ft gain
      Drive past the main downtown of Leadville and then head into the mountains south of town, following Mt. Sherman Road to the Yurt parking along a ridge before you come to the Black Cloud Mine. There are signs that say "Yurt Parking". Follow the road a little further down to a jeep road just before...
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    • Minturn, Colorado

      Hike to Fancy Pass

      5.0
      6 mi / 2373 ft gain
      The Fancy Pass Trail near Red Cliff is an excellent option for those looking to experience hiking in the rugged and pristine conditions of a wilderness area. This 6 mile roundtrip trail will take you into the Holy Cross Wilderness and up close and personal with towering peaks, verdant meadows, an...
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    • 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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    • Salida, Colorado

      Hike Mount Shavano and Tabeguache Peak

      4.0
      9.25 mi / 4600 ft gain
      Start out on the Shavano and Tabeguache Trailhead off of FR 252 outside of Poncha Springs, at about 9,700 feet, and begin your trek into the forest. In the first half of a mile there are a few trail marker signs that should be read carefully to insure the right path is followed, but these signs ...
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