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Address: 102 Elk Creek, Curecanti National Recreation Area, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, CO
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+1 970-249-1914 ext. 23
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Canyon for which this national park was named.

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Amazing canyon in a little-known National Park

The canyon is "black" because the walls in this narrow canyon are shaded most of the day. The Gunnison River is a long way down, and you can see many formations and colors on... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Davis, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

At the Visitors Center we watched a video and had a picnic lunch on an outside bench. From here we hiked on the Oak Flat Trail for approximately 1 ½ hours and had a good view of the Visitors Center perched on a ledge in the distance. Then we drove on the seven-mile long South Rim Road, stopping at 9... More 

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Davis, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The canyon is "black" because the walls in this narrow canyon are shaded most of the day. The Gunnison River is a long way down, and you can see many formations and colors on the canyon walls. We hiked on the Warner Point Nature trail, which starts near the visitor center. For a small fee, you can purchase a trail... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is really worth a visit. The canyon itself is really cool to see, with it's black-ish walls descending almost straight down like 2000 some feet, but it's also a great spot to hike down and camp. It's *extremely* strenuous, and unless you're in good-to-excellent physical condition I wouldn't even try. If, however, you are, it's well worth hiking... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Drove up for the day from Ouray. 4 feet of snow on the ground when we went, so come prepared. We stopped at the viewing station and stood in awe for at lease 30 min. There are a lot of trails for winter activies, but I would advise bringing some snow shoes or skis if you plan on getting far.... More 

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Manhattan, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rival to the Grand Canyon. This park needs to be seen. 2000 foot walls of black rock along with the Gunnison river. It is a mixture of sight and sounds.

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Beaverton, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very unusual canyon in that not only the rock is very dark (hence Black Canyon) but also the walls of the canyon are extremely steep which sets this canyon apart from others.

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washington state
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

This is a lesser know and visited National park...and we loved it! It's a wonderful of nature...a huge scar in the earth with the tiny Gunnison river flowing far below. The turnouts along the rim make it easy to catch great shots and explore the geology. The Visitors' Centers are educational and the volunteers and ranger very helpful. What a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

We drove out of our way to visit this park but that isn't unusual for us. Unfortunately the rim road was closed due to snow. Wish we had seen more.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

If you are afraid of heights, this place could be a great choice to help you conquer your fear, and the best time is when combined with snow. (We tried to hike the oak flat trail after snow, and it just too scary to proceed). The trails and trail maps are a little bit confusing. The trail head of dragon... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

If you are ever within 50, no 100 miles, of Black Canyons of the Gunnisson (either North or South rim), you must make a couple/few hours to visit it! Your first view impression will really surprise you and quickly ask "Why haven't I heard of this sooner?". I think an amazing close experience as The Grand Canyon in the Southwest... More 

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