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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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Osceola, AR
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60 reviews 60 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 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
7 attraction reviews
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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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
10 helpful votes 10 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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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
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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Larkspur, Colorado
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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
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39 helpful votes 39 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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