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Black Canyon

102 Elk Creek, Curecanti National Recreation Area, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, CO
970-249-1914 x23
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Canyons, National Parks
Activities: Backpacking, Hiking, Camping
Description: Canyon for which this national park was named.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Great scenic views that are easily accessible for those who do not wish to hike too far. Visitor center was small. South rim is for those without 4 wheel drive and open at more times than north rim. Probably not best for those under age of 5 due to closeness to cliff sides at some location. Worth the trek out.

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Fillmore, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We took our granddaughters on a tour through Colorado and and so glad we included the Gunnison area as part of our trip. It was absolutely beautiful. We planned ahead and booked our national park tickets online for the boat ride at the base of the valley given by the forest officers. It was a good hike down on oneven... More

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Ravenna, Italia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

We drove the south rim road and we stopped at every pull-out for the viewpoints. Some of the viewpoints require a small walk. After we drove the East Portal Road which is steep but easy to drive. We didn't hike.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

The Black Canyon of The Gunnison National Park is truly one of Colorado's jewels. The scenery is breathtaking. Visitors Center is complete with ongoing informative film, maps, friendly ranger to offer advice for viewing sights, & memorabilia. There are ample spots to pull off the main road for viewing the canyon, but don't miss the exciting trip to the bottom... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

This park truly is one of our national treasures. For anyone who has visited the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, or Canyon de Chelly, to name a few - Black Canyon is a remarkable contrast. More like an immense gorge, brooding and haunting, it's like no other national park. We took a pleasant drive in from Montrose, where we stopped to... More

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Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We took a daytrip from the town of Gunnison to the Black Canyon. This was our first big mistake. It is a VERY long drive and there are several places where extensive road work is being done with long waits. Because of the terrain, there are no alternate roads and this construction is going on for most of 2013. The... More

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Amazing views of deep canyon & rock walls. Be sure to watch the movie in the visitors center. The canyon walls are 2000 to 2700 feet and you can still hear the river on the bottom. We did both the south and north rim. Both had incredible views. We also did the portal road to the bottom of the canyon.... More

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Fountain, Co
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Because the government couldn't play nicely together, they went ahead and stopped our enjoyment of OUR national parks. What a lot of money was wasted by expectant and excited tourists who could go no further than the gates! Shocking. However, I went as far as I could up the road to the gate and managed to see a little of... More

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Shady Side, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

See incredible views of this deep canyon with dark walls. The view points are close to the road and, fortunately in my mind, fenced. The entry fee is $15 per car.

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Tucson, Arizona
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

I am glad we were able to stop here. We only went to the South Rim. As it was on a rather hot day we did not do all the trails to all the look-outs. I feel we had a great experience and saw plenty of the canyon. Going to areas like this is always a bit of a problem... More

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