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North Rim
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Owner description: Less visited but wonderfully scenic area.
Adirondack, New York
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“Exclamation Point Trail”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 steep walls, roaring Gunnison River and viewing platforms on the south rim seem so close. The trail from Exclamation Point to the top of Green Mountain climbs gradually but should be considered by only those who would like to add extra distance and higher elevation since views of the canyon from the top mostly obstructed by trees are nothing like those from Exclamation Point or several other points along the north rim.
The trailhead is located at the ranger station and starts next to the toilet. If the ranger station is closed there are self-paid envelopes next to the door of the station.

Visited June 2014
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“Remote with incredible views”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 time. Plan to spend several hours once in the area to get to the rim and then enjoy the views. We started the drive by going over the dam at Blue Mesa Reservoir and then winding around on a paved road (with many several nice stops and overlooks of the river) to eventually get to the rim drive. The road in to the rim drive is mostly gravel and the rim drive itself is all gravel. The rim drive has several overlooks and is a one-way in and back out. Each of the overlooks is stunning. There are views of the canyon which falls steeply from the rim. Not as deep as the Grand Canyon, but pretty impressive nonetheless. We saw only a handful of people when we were there on a nice weekend in September. There are no facilities here, though.

Visited September 2013
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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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“Beautiful and FREE”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 ever going to get there as it is off a major highway then there are many twists and turns.Be watchful of the many signs or you will miss your turn offs.Our GPS only gave us directions into the national park and then we just watched carefully for the signs for the turnoffs.Next trip we visit the south rim.

Visited August 2013
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Montrose, Colorado
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“The Black Canyon North Rim - Most Spectacular”
5 of 5 bubbles 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. Sure, it is a little off the beaten path, so plan on another day. The North Rim campground is very well maintained. Hiking trails are convenient. You can walk the rim and look straight down 2000 feet. Rock climbing on the north face wall is classic training ground. The wall is as vertical as it can get.

Black Canyon is over 2 Billion years in the making. This was once ocean bottom. As the water receded the Gunnison River formed the erosion of the Black Canyon.

You can hike to the bottom of the canyon from the North Rim. Register at the Ranger Station. Restrooms, no water, at both ends of the North Rim. No food or water, pack it in and out. Walking distance to the six viewpoints is short.

I wrote a photo guide book of the North Rim Blurb published.

Visited July 2013
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Boca Raton, Florida
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“Worth the Drive”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 close to the road.

Visited July 2013
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