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“Watch for Cattle on the Road.”
Review of East Portal Road

East Portal Road
Chula Vista, California
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60 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Watch for Cattle on the Road.”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

Fun ride down the steep grade, make sure your breaks are in good condition. Yu never know what is around the bend, and in our case it was cattle. Not on the side either, two were in the middle of the road. At the bottom there are picnic sites and river access. Our kids did some " fishing" but did not catch a thing, which is fine by us, we would not have know what to do with it anyways. Great drive well worth the trip since it is closed in the colder months.

Visited June 2013
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Denver, CO
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152 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
“Drove Down to Gunnison River”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

When we visited the visitor center, we were advised by a ranger that the East Portal Road is very steep, 16% grades with curves, so, drive slowly in low gear and our Toyota Camry would be okay. WOW! That was really steep. We had drove South Rim Road first, and then drove East Portal Road. We were glad that we drove both roads as the South Rim Road gave us a chance to look down the canyon and the East Portal Road gave us a chance to go down to the Gunnison River and to look the canyon from the bottom. The Cunnison River had jade green colored water that we had never seen any other locations and it was so nice to sit and cool ourselves at a picnic table after getting so much sun while visiting at the South Rim Road. While driving, a mama bear and 3 cubs crossed the road in front of us. When you enter to the park, you have a choice to drive stright to the South Rim Road or to turn right to the East Portal Road.

Visited July 2013
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Columbus, Ohio
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67 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great picnic area”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

This is an easy 6-mile drive that is the easiest way down to the river. Pleasant, calm area for ret or fishing. The rangers live here. And the irrigation tunnel that brings water to he area south of the park starts here.

Visited July 2013
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Argyle, Texas
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156 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Steep, did I say STEEP? But beautiful at destination.”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

It's very steep & a lot of turns. Drove in very low gear & by the time our SUV made it to the bottom you could still smell my brakes. We had to let them cool off, but what a great place to wait. There were restrooms at the bottom also. Beautiful place, quiet & peaceful. Nice place to have a picnic. Wasn't crowded & there wasn't a lot of traffic on the road. On the way back up we saw several deer cross the it.

Visited May 2013
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Scarborough
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197 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Bendy, steep and a bit scary in a thunderstorm!”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

OK so the road isn't that bad, yes there is a very steep section with tight switchbacks but it certainly didn't seem that bad to me, the torrential rain and thunderstorm made seeing clearly a little difficult though. Once on the canyon floor the road follows the side of the river up to the diversion dam, and there's some great scenery. Popular place for anglers too. Nice way to get another perspective on the canyon if you're unable to hike into the bottom of it.

Visited September 2012
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