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Address: Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, CO
Activities: Driving
Description: 7-mile scenic drive through the park.

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Beautiful, amazing views

We spent an afternoon taking a closer look at the Black Canyon, driving first this road, then Blue Mesa. Such gorgeous views of the hills and the aspen groves turning color, we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 7, 2015
Lissa M
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Kent, Washington
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Kent, Washington
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176 reviews 176 reviews
36 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We spent an afternoon taking a closer look at the Black Canyon, driving first this road, then Blue Mesa. Such gorgeous views of the hills and the aspen groves turning color, we kept stopping to take pictures. I especially loved the turnouts and viewpoints, and getting as close to the edge as possible, to look into the canyon. It's definitely... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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18 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The steep, shear cliffs of the Black Canyon are amazing and dramatic. The canyon is very deep and Gunnison River below seems to be at the center of the earth. Haven't made it to the North Rim (it's less accessible), but the south is really cool. Lots of scenic turnouts and trails to take. This place also has spectacular sunsets!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Went this past week, great fall colors. Small but nice visitor center with short overlook path behind it. The canyon views are very accessible, short walks from most of the stops along the drive. Also took the East Portal road drive into the canyon which was fun as well.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We had actually gotten on the North Rim but found out that it was unpaved. We were on a rental 2 WD car so decided against going further on that. My husband and I were debating if we should take another 1-1.5 hours to drive to South rim or just skip it. We were staying the night in Montrose and... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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1,056 reviews 1,056 reviews
816 attraction reviews
306 helpful votes 306 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

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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29 helpful votes 29 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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104 reviews 104 reviews
35 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
47 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 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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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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