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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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Activities: Hiking, Backpacking, Camping
Description: Canyon for which this national park was named.
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We drove the south rim road, stopping at most of the view points. Some view points require a small walk while others are right near the parking area. This canyon is much more... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Henderson, Nevada
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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We drove the south rim road, stopping at most of the view points. Some view points require a small walk while others are right near the parking area. This canyon is much more rugged than the Grand Canyon. Views are also more spectacular. Make sure you stop at the visitor center and watch the 20 minute movie about the area.

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Overland Park, Ks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Wow. This is one of the least visited National Parks in America, so visitors benefit from an uncrowded experience. I recommend visiting in late spring for green vistas intertwined with snow-capped peaks and pleasing temperatures. There are not a lot of trails, but all of them are worthwhile. Take a full day and hike them all, then stop at as... More 

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Chino Valley, Arizona, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

What a pleasant surprise this place was! Didn't even know of it's existence until the hotel clerk suggested it. Absolutely stunning! Well worth the stop! Easy to get to, doesn't take long to see all of it.

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Washington, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Not far off CO 50 near Montrose, this NP offers jaw-dropping views. Entering the park you can start with a smaller than average visitor center and then go left (above the canyon) or right (down in the canyon). Left offers a few small hikes.

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Monroe, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I say "surprisingly beautiful" because I'd never heard of this place until I researched things to do in Colorado via TripAdvisor. The reviews were mostly good but somewhat mixed, we found it to be totally beautiful, very easy to get around and in fact you can drive to the vast majority of lookout points quite easily, whether you visit the... More 

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Bedford, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

A gem that gets little recognition in the NP system. We were going from Ouray to Breckenridge and stopped here one evening and the next morning. The views were stunning at many of the overlooks. We hiked the Warner trail at the end of the South Rim drive and it was very informative using the guide book provided. The Visitor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This National Park is amazingly beautiful. The rock formations, multi colored cliffs, River views ---- spectacular. M

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New Braunfels, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

If you're looking for magnificent views and breath-taking scenery, look no further than the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. With a 2000 ft drop from rim to river, it's not only beautiful but also a hiker's dream. It's rugged and wild with awe inspiring sheer drops. It is very much a mini version of the Grand Canyon. I'm surprised it's... More 

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Bunkie, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We took a 12 day circuit from Denver around southwest Colorado. Leaving Telluride with only about 3 days left, we were uncertain which route to use to head back in the direction of Denver. The two options seemed to be going up to Montrose, and then either heading to the right towards Gunnison, or going farther north toward Grand Junction.... More 

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Brigham City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This place is not far from Montrose, Colorado. Though the Park is not large, as in Yellowstone, the views are profound. We saw a few deer and the signs warn about bears. We saw no bears. One viewpoint says it is a 100 yard walk. It is FAR closer to 400 yards if you count your paces. However, this is... More 

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