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Address: 102 Elk Creek, Curecanti National Recreation Area, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, CO
Phone Number: 970-249-1914 x23
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Canyon for which this national park was named.

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Too cold to ski at Crested Butte, we drove the nearly 2 hours to Black Canyon. In winter, only the south entrance is open, and per the web site, we called ahead to be sure we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
marlieWisconsin
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Too cold to ski at Crested Butte, we drove the nearly 2 hours to Black Canyon. In winter, only the south entrance is open, and per the web site, we called ahead to be sure we could visit. DO watch th movie at the Visitors' Center. We then snow shoed along the closed road then down just a bit til... More 

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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Because it is not crowded, it is a little gem in comparising to other more popular NP's, but just as beautiful. It was one of the highlights of our road trip through the West.

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Thank Mattias R
Russellville, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to spend a day stopping at the pullouts and short walks down to viewing areas overlooking canyon walls. Driving down to the river area is a brake burner to your vehicle, just go slow. Many great places to take pictures of striated canyon walls.

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Miami, Florida
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This place is a gem. The park rangers are very friendly, and we're glad we watched the film. The park rangers made special time to talk with our kids. Bring your snowshoes or cross country skis. The snowshoeing was awesome. Plan to spend 2 or 4 hours here, or more, if you are going to do an activity.

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Thank BugleBoy42
Missouri
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106 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

This is one of the newer national parks and therefore is not as crowded. But it is still a beautiful sight to see. A small visitors center with a few exhibits and a film welcomes you. Then you can drive the rim roads to the various overlooks. Some require a short hike to get to the viewing area. Each one... More 

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Kent, Washington
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401 reviews
141 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

I've visited family in Montrose many times, but this is the first time I've actually driven in the main entrance, and gone to the visitor's center. We had a free morning, and decided this was a great time to go. We took our time, stopped at the visitor's center, and walked out to every overlook so I could take photographs.... More 

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1 Thank Lissa M
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

This was a very interesting excursion for us. There is some interesting history here on how people explored the river. There are also some very nice walks/hikes so that also made the trip worthwhile. The visitors center is great and they were very helpful in trying to explain things to us.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Have seen this canyon multiple times in both winter and summer. Absolutely spectacular sheer cliff canyon and a site I consider second in awe only to the Grand Canyon. Not easy to get to but if you are in Southwest Colorado it is well worth going out of your way to see this marvel of nature. Multiple stops along the... More 

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Miami, Florida
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159 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

I admit, I had not even heard about this National Park until I started planning our Utah/Colorado trip. We were doing a circle tour round trip from Denver and decided to dedicate a day to see the Black Canyon. I'm really glad that we did. It is not a large park per se. We only visited the South Rim and... More 

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New England
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27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

I checked out Google Earth and read lots of reviews but my first step up to the railing at Tomichi Point actually took my breath away. The gut feeling you get when witnessing such incredible sights stays with you only to be added to at Pulpit Point and at numerous other spots. We just visited the South Rim as the... More 

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