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South Rim Road

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, CO
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Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Description: 7-mile scenic drive through the park.
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The views are beautiful and you can stand at the overlooks within the safety of strong fences (a necessity if one is afraid of heights). The views remind me of the Yellowstone canyon.

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The Woodlands, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The South Rim Drive affords wonderful views of the canyon from the many scenic overlooks. If you are anywhere near this part of Colorado it is a must-see. It's surprising how little known this park is, yet the views rival those in the Grand Canyon and it is much less crowded. The video at the Visitor Center gives some interesting... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

The scenic overlooks on the South Rim Drive offer excellent opportunities for photographers. I've heard the North Rim is also good, but it was closed when I was there because of poor winter road conditions. I published some photo tips for the Black Canyon that you may find helpful, http://blog.christiechaney.com/2013/09/03/photo-guide-black-canyon-of-the-gunnison/.

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LONGMONT
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is a very well maintained road. The driving was easy with many stops to look over the canyon. If you want a picnic some of the overlooks have tables.I advise you to look for shady spots. There were many great photo opportunities along the drive.

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Fort Myers, Florida, USA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

The views heading up on the left fork are spectacular , but the thrill of 16% grade on the right fork will stick with me for a lifetime. Make sure you wait for a clear, dry sunny day before doing this park. Overcast and wet would not do it justice. Bring a camera and maybe a picnic lunch.

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Larkspur, Colorado
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44 reviews 44 reviews
35 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

If you are going to be in this portion of Colorado, make sure and take in Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Beautiful area, and the drive on the South Rim has many places you can stop, walk to vistas and take great photos. If you want the best photos, remember the best light is early in the morning or later... More

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Colorado, United States
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48 reviews 48 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

To fully appreciate the scope of Black, ya gotta see both sides and the dam in between. It won't sink in until you're back home and looking at your pictures

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Columbus, Ohio
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

For excellent views. Plus if you want a nice picnic area, drive to east portal. There you also see the irrigation tunnel.

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Sterling, Virginia
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183 reviews 183 reviews
88 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

I have visited almost all of the national parks and this one has been one of the biggest surprises. It was a surprise because I know no one who has visited and this park isn't known to be all the rage. It has a lot to offer. Amazing views of the canyon for the average Joe. If you are a... More

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Scarborough
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95 reviews 95 reviews
54 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Similar to the Grand Canyon, the South Rim gets way more visitors here than the North Rim, and driving along the well paved road you can see why. The visitor centre has some very helpful staff that are willing to take time to answer any questions and provide expertise on best photo opportunities and suitable hikes. The road itself snakes... More

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