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North Rim

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, CO
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Type: National Parks
Description: Less visited but wonderfully scenic area.
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Adirondack, New York
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89 reviews 89 reviews
24 attraction reviews
308 helpful votes 308 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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51 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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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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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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264 attraction reviews
314 helpful votes 314 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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28 helpful votes 28 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Conway, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

While traveling through this magnificient state of Colorado, a traveler's gem appears when near this location. One of many such extraordinary views to behold, Black Canyon is a spectacular sight while traveling the adjacent roadways.

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Delta, Colorado
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2011

The North Rim of the Black Canyon is amazing. It will take you breath away when you stand looking down 2,000 veritcal feet. It is the narrowest, deepest canyon in North America and it is worth the trip. The geological force that created this wonderful site must have been pretty powerful.

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