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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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Omaha, Nebraska
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142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

This is extremely interesting yo see it is very much like the Grand Canyon only smaller so you get to see the rocks more clearly and the other side is clear and not just an image. It is a long road thru the country to get there but well worth the trip

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Brevard, NC
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Various look-offs and short trails enable you to see various aspects of the canyon. Not crowded, and you can move at a leisurely pace.

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Zebulon, North Carolina
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103 reviews 103 reviews
35 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

After wanting to visit both rims of the canyon but finding ourselves short on time, we settled on the South Rim Road and feel this was a wise decision. There are 11 overlooks here, compared to six on the north rim. We were able to get a good feel for the north rim as well as we could see the... More

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Osceola, AR
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67 reviews 67 reviews
43 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

great place to rock hound and hike to the overlooks. try and not get a bit nervous hanging over the guard rails here.. lol.

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Splendora, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Being able to look straight down! The wildlife scurrying around. The coolness even in July. The blue green river flowing below.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 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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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
11 helpful votes 11 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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19 helpful votes 19 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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42 helpful votes 42 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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