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Address: Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, CO
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Dam built to divert water to farmers.

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One of the rewards for making the steep and windy drive down the canyon wall is seeing the place where water is diverted through the canyon wall and into the farm and ranch land... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 18, 2015
Lissa M
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Kent, Washington
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Kent, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

One of the rewards for making the steep and windy drive down the canyon wall is seeing the place where water is diverted through the canyon wall and into the farm and ranch land for irrigation. Good signage here to explain; more at the visitor's center. It's cool and peaceful down at the water's edge; quite a change from the... More 

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Watertown, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We were on a bus tour and visited Black Canyon of the Gunnison Natl Park. It was pretty, but hard to imagine the complete idea because you saw such a small area of the canyon.

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Palm Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Great "diversion " from the routine sights at the National Parks System....Shows what good fortune the folks in western Colorado and points south had when they went ahead & built the water tunnell !

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Sebastian, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Seeing the dam is your reward for having driven down the very long and steep road to get to it. The area is so calm and peaceful and lacking in people. After being to the Big 5, we cherished the experience of the dam with it's quiet beauty and tranquility. We were there all alone and enjoyed the solitude. There... More 

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Melrose Park, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

It's quite a drive down from the top to the river. Make sure you have good tires and brakes. By the time we got to the bottom and parked by the picnic tables we had to put the hood of our car up and wait for the smell of rubber and smoke to stop. But it was worth it. Pack... More 

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Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Don't get too close to the west side road, but look carefully. The water flow is beautiful. Looking East, the Blue Mesa Reservoir goes forever

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Tucson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Take the time to read about the dam/tunnel and the water flow to the farmer's in Gunnison. What an amazing engineering project, and the fact that they drain the tunnel every winter for inspection and repair amazed me. Remember the road is closed in the winter, so time your visit in the summer to enjoy this site.

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Stuttgart
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

A nice cool resting area 5 miles down from the Visitor Center along side the river. Picnic shelters and grills available and great to keep out of the hot sun.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

The views of Black Canyon were beautiful, and it's a lovely drive. We drove from Paonia, just an hour away. Saw lots of deer, colorful leaves, gorgeous snow-topped mountains.

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