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Address: Montrose, Colorado, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, CO 81401
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Excellent information in a wonderful log building.

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Talk to Paul the Ranger - he's knowledgable and awesome!

Due to weather, the south rim road was closed to traffic the day I visited. I walked about 2/3s of the road, then headed back and decided not to visit a second day since things... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 27, 2015
Leah A
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Loveland, Colorado
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Loveland, Colorado
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134 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Due to weather, the south rim road was closed to traffic the day I visited. I walked about 2/3s of the road, then headed back and decided not to visit a second day since things weren't accessible. On my way out, I asked Paul (who was at the desk) what other things in the area I should look into doing... More 

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Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

The small visitors center has a gift shop on one side and a small theater showing a short film about the park. There were a couple of picnic tables on the side porch for your use. Go out the back door and follow the steps down to the first viewing area.

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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

The visitor's center is well done: rangers knowledgeable about the site to help you plan your visit, and hand out backcountry and climbing permits. The walk down to the viewpoint here is easy, and the view is one of the best in the park.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The Rangers inside were very helpful and willing to answer my husbands many questions. There is a small gift shop and a movie to view that runs on the hour and half hour. Yes, there are restrooms.

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Norrkoping, Sweden
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79 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

When you visit the park it is well worth the time and effort to visit the center. The park wardens are very proud of their location and will give you all the info you need to get the most out of your visit. There are exhibits and charts which explain the history and past , how the canyon developed and... More 

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Wellfleet, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

We stopped by the visitor center and found it very helpful for planning our visit to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. There is the standard 20 minute meeting which provides a good overview of the history of the card and some other exhibits showing geology and nature around the park. The views just behind the center are also... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

The history of the exploration of the Black Canyon is extremely interesting and walking to the various viewing points near the visitor center is a spectacle you should not miss. This was one of the sightseeing highlights of our trip and it is something I wish all Americans can see and experience. I have been to the Grand Canyon and... More 

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Northumberland, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

I am not usually very keen on visitor centers, with their overpriced souvenirs, but this one was was certainly worth stopping off at, and not just for a visit to the rest room. The trail behind the center was short and easy to navigate, but led to some fantastic views of the canyon.

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Palm Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This is a kinda non-promoted park with soooo much to offer ! It has a south and north rim access road. We took the south . It is like a narrow "MINI" grand canyon with dark color features. TAKE the time to visit the Tunnel Diversion & Dam area. Well worth the drive . Nice photo ops ! Next year,... More 

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Loveland, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

This is a typically nice and informative visitor's center for a National Park. Two things here. Don't fail to watch the informative video about the history and difficulty of surveying and developing the canyon for railroad access. Also, there is a great observation deck down a short trail to the canyon. One of the best views of Black Canyon are... More 

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