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Address: Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, CO
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Less visited but wonderfully scenic area.

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Better views than the South Rim

The 6 mile dirt road to get to the back is not bad and the drive is worth it. You know which cars have been to the North Rim, they are covered with dust. The views are better... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Dave V
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Denver, United States
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Denver, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The 6 mile dirt road to get to the back is not bad and the drive is worth it. You know which cars have been to the North Rim, they are covered with dust. The views are better, you look straight down into the canyon. There are fewer people on the North Rim, so it feels like you have it... More 

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Frederick
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Gas up the car, turn off your phone (there's no service anyway), fill your water bottles and prepare for an adventure on the north side. There are some overlooks off the road, similar to the design of the rim road on the south side, but here you can hike longer trails and see more of the terrain with fewer people/cars.

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1 Thank MouseDance
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Do it if you have time, but don't lose any sleep if you have to miss the North Rim Drive. Beautiful lookouts and views, but if you've already done the South Rim Drive - you won't find this much different. Nice hike when you arrive / just past the Ranger Station. What does stand out for us (beside the Black... More 

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whitewater colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

my previous attempt at a review got "shot down" by TripTravAdv as i tried to direct any readers to my "blog" -- as there are pixures and a description of an ordeal i underwent there (the local run-club's annual along-the-edge road races). so ... the Black Canyawn is, on the average, about as deep as the Grand -- but considerably... More 

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1 Thank tiburondelnorte
Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Doing both the south and north rims is tough in a single day, but well worth the effort. We stayed in Montrose, so it was easier for us to do the north rim on a separate day. The drive from Delta is gorgeous, through fruit orchards and pastureland. As you wind through the start of the mountain range, the rock... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

Take time to head to the north rim. Much better overlooks of the canyon and less crowded (not the south rim is crazed). Bring a bike and go from ranger office down the whole overlook road.

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3 Thank Bryan S
Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

The first half of the trail has nice views of the canyon then it's through the trees which is nice on a hot day. Once you see the sign "Exclamation Point", keep following the trail to the end. You have the most beautiful unobstructed view of the river directly below.

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

All I can say is "don't give up" and make the drive to this most remote portion of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. If coming from the east, take Hwy. 92 just after passing the Mesa Verde Reservoir and enjoy the winding road that hugs the canyon. Don't fail to stop at Hermit's Rest for a snack... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

The North Rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison is more remote and less crowded than the South Rim. We stayed at the campground which only has 13 sites and most are suited for tents only, which we were happy about. We drove the rim and enjoyed breathtaking views of the canyon. We were treated to a thunder storm... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Like what every reviews here said, the views of the canyon here are very beautiful and breathtaking No hike is required to enjoy the view, thus elderly or children will be able to enjoy it as well. I was here during labor day weekend and it was very quiet. At most, there were only 4 cars at one stop, but... More 

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