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“Don't overlook this less visited part of the Black Canyon”
Review of North Rim

North Rim
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Owner description: Less visited but wonderfully scenic area.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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845 reviews
412 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 492 helpful votes
“Don't overlook this less visited part of the Black Canyon”
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 spectacular. The road by the viewpoints is dirt, but well maintained, and you won't fight the South Rim crowds. Some of the truly historic and scenic parts of the canyon, such as The Narrows, really cannot be seen well except from the North Rim.

As an avid photographer, I had always assumed that the lighting would be bad for photos from the North Rim, since "surely" the view over to the south side would be shaded for most of the day. I was dead wrong, and must say that the photos from the North Rim are just as good as my large collection taken from the South Rim.

Tip 1: If you are coming from Gunnison, do make sure you have at least a half tank of gas, since you won't find any gas stations along the route.

Tip 2: This is open range country, and you might even find yourself part of a cattle drive going right down the road as you approach the park. We did, and I'm including a photo.

Visited July 2013
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English first
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58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
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 to the top we paid at the Ranger Station, and met some very helpful Rangers. It was still considered off season so they were just arriving as well. They pointed out the places to see and they sure were right! Amazing! Unfortunately we were told by the staff at our hotel you can cut through the canyon on a road and end up at South Rim... well that's wrong. When looking at the map closer there is no such road. So we asked the Rangers and they said No, you either go back down North Rim, or all the way around.

Visited April 2013
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Hotchkiss, CO
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63 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Black Canyon - North Rim”
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 and totally unexpected. The force of the water that formed this deep canyon must have been unbelievable. There is also a boat tour of the river from below the dam in a Westward direction. The tour is accessed from the South Shore just below the dam - reservations required.

Visited May 2012
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Conway, South Carolina
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“Exhilirating views”
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.

Visited June 2012
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Delta, Colorado
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31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Hang on to your hat.”
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.

Visited June 2011
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