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North Rim

Address: Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, CO
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Type: National Parks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Less visited but wonderfully scenic area.
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Type: National Parks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Less visited but wonderfully scenic area.
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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390 reviews 390 reviews
129 attraction reviews
293 helpful votes 293 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

After circumnavigating the large Curecanti reservoir, we were advised at the visitor center to drive the relatively short distance on the north loop road of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park to a view of the canyon at the Pioneer overlook. It was well worth it.

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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

It's all unpaved, gravel track. We didn't continue because we were on a rental 2WD car. However it did seem more thrilling and adventurous than the South Rim. Also the views somehow show more depth of the canyons!

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Adirondack, New York
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88 reviews 88 reviews
24 attraction reviews
319 helpful votes 319 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

North Rim has more hiking options than more popular South Rim. The longest trail to the top of Green Mountain is a little over 7 mile long but the best views are from Exclamation Point (3 mile round trip) and once you get there you understand why this spot was named the Exclamation Point. Wow! What a view of the... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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128 reviews 128 reviews
51 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We've been on the south rim of the Black Canyon a few times as it is easiest to get to. There is nothing wrong with the south rim - it is lovely! But, this time we were able to visit the north rim and it was gorgeous! It is a little further out of the way, but worth the additional... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We decided to forgo the south rim and try the more isolated North rim.Was a bit out off the way since we were headed down hwy 50 thru Gunnison.It was worth the drive.The views were breath taking and there was no fee to enter the park...unless you are staying in the park overnight.You will start to wonder if you are... More 

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Montrose, Colorado
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Where is the North Rim? Go to Crawford, Colorado, head South to just past Crawford Reservoir. Watch for signs to turn right. Follow the signs about 15 miles to the rim. The road is paved for a couple of miles, the remainder is gravel. North Rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is well worth the effort.... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

You will have to drive down a desolate road to get here, that turns from pavement to gravel, but it is well worth the effort. We saw very few people. With so many parks being so crowded, it was nice to experience this park without masses of people. The driving loop of the vistas is easy and the viewpoints are... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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736 reviews 736 reviews
374 attraction reviews
393 helpful votes 393 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

I had visited the Black Canyon several times, always the South Rim due to the large number of improved viewpoints, and thought the North Rim would be a secondary attraction. I would still say that the South Rim should be your destination for a first visit, but do try to see the North Rim on your second, since it is... More 

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57 reviews 57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013 via mobile

We took the North Rim because it was highly recommended by the hotel we were staying at. The views were amazing. It did snow that night so we had to take it slow however the roads were decent since the plows were out and you can't go very fast anyway because of all the twist and turns. When we got... More 

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Hotchkiss, CO
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

The views are spectacular. The canyon is relatively narrow and very deep. The overlooks let you look down at hawks soaring below, listen to the river cascading down the canyon, and see the jagged rock walls of the canyon. When you look North at the scrub oak rolling hills, you can see that coming upon the canyon is a surprise... More 

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