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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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Wharton, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately we only dedicated 1 day to this stunning natural phenomenon. The most incredibly stunning views imaginable. We will definitely be going back to this little know gem in the heart of Colorado.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The sound of the river running so far below the south rim is amazing. Because it is so deep you would not expect to hear the river rushing. It is certainly worth the visit, even if it is out of the way of the main stream National. Park. The colors and rock formations are beautiful!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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74 reviews 74 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The Black Canyon is a wonderful place to visit if you enjoy scenic and historic places. This is the first time we've visited the south rim - not quite the views of the north rim, but still great. Visitor Center has a great film worth seeing. Take the time to drive down the east portal (winding drive down) and see... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I wish I had a day where I could get a permit to go down in this canyon. Hiking this would be the coup de grace! As it is this amazing canyon is just as good to see from the many vantage points the Park Service gives you This canyon is twice as high as they Empire state building though... More

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Asheville
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64 reviews 64 reviews
20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This place is much smaller than the Grand canyon but I found it way more beautiful. The volcano that erupted poured lava in all the cracks of the rocks and over time created this beautiful canyon with colors I have never seen before I took a ranger tour and was fascinated by the geology of what took place here over... More

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Salem, Oregon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Beautiful drive. Well worth the time! It took us forever because we had to stop at all the viewpoints for pictures!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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55 reviews 55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This was one of the most beautiful places we've been. The canyon is amazing and the rock formations are spectacular! I was enthralled with all the beautiful moss rock. I love the stuff and use it decorate my gardens so seeing so much of it in natural settings was awesome.

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Brevard, NC
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62 reviews 62 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This was our second visit to this amazing canyon. None of the crowds and heat you experience at the Grand Canyon, but awesome views of a very deep canyon, with numerous look-offs and short trails to see the different features. The canyon is mostly dark in color, but in some areas you see bands of color showing through, and you... More

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Elkhorn, Nebraska
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We visiting Black Canyon of the Gunnison in August. We decided to check out the south rim first in the evening so we arrived around 4 pm and took the drive (16% drop) to the river. AMAZING! There was only one other vehicle there. The dam is very interesting. Then we went topside and visited all the stops with Dragon... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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98 reviews 98 reviews
9 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The various rock formations are just amazing, so beautiful. We did this as a day trip from Avon, CO. 3.5 hour drive each way. We both agreed that it was well worth the drive. We spent 3 hours exploring the various outposts. Another hour would have allowed for a drive to the bottom for a different vantage point. This place... More

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