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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 2014
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Type: Canyons, National Parks
Activities: Backpacking, Hiking, Camping
Description: Canyon for which this national park was named.
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Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

While the North rim is beautiful there are fewer options to get out and hike the overlooks--and peeking at the scenery while driving is NOT recommended. Spend the entire day and do the South tour too which offers an abundance of short, easy hikes to spectacular viewpoints. The drive down to the river (no trailers or long RVs) is "fun"... More

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Arlington, Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Wow!. We drove an hour off our planned route to go see this, and we're sure glad we did. Another one of Mother Natures marvels.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Our family of four did the exclamation point hike (easy) and saw a bear! We also did the drive along the north rim and had lunch in the picnic area.

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brooklyn
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

It may not be the longest or deepest canyon, but the sheer drop off of the falls will give you vertigo! Absolutely amazing and uncrowded, natural attraction!

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San Jose, California
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151 reviews 151 reviews
87 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Went to 5 National Parks on this trip and this was my favorite. Others were great, too, but I never really heard of this one until planning the trip. The gorges cut by water were impressive and so was the atmosphere with the constant rumbling of the river thousand's of feet below you. The park is small and a half... More

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Montrose, Colorado
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Have visited the South Rim twice now in the last month with out of town visitors. The views are incredible! A must see if you are in this area.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Some great hiking and magnificent cliffs and 2000+ foot deep canyon. Bring binoculars to see more details.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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71 reviews 71 reviews
22 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

My wife and I visited the Black Canyon of the Gunnison upon the recommendation of friends. They told us of its beauty, but their description failed to capture the awe that we experienced, It was a very uncluttered setting, and yet, we wondered why so few people were present. The canyons are spectacular from the viewpoints that are so very... More

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Osceola, AR
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64 reviews 64 reviews
41 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

There are 3 (absolutely) "must do(s)" in Colorado... (regarding National sites) *Rocky Mtn. Nat. Park *Mesa Verde Nat. Park *and this place.. Black Canyon of the Gunnison (or BCG from here on out) BCG became a national park in 1999.. but before that it was a national monument. It also gets it name cause the canyon is like a slit... More

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San Luis Obispo, CA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Having driven over to the suspension bridge (and the 'free outlook') at Royal Gorge out of Colorado Springs, we were a bit bummed. An awesome slash through the rock carved by the Arkansas river, but you have to be in the right frame of mind to call it 'beautiful.' I feared the Black Canyon of the Gunnison might be similar... More

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