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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

Canyon for which this national park was named.

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Beautiful and uncrowded

We visited this national park on a Tuesday in May, and it was wonderful. No crowds and fantastic views. We went only to the south rim, beginning at the visitors center, where we... read more

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this national park on a Tuesday in May, and it was wonderful. No crowds and fantastic views. We went only to the south rim, beginning at the visitors center, where we watched the short film about the park. Then we hiked the Oak Flat Loop Trail, which is two miles long and begins behind the visitors center. Next... More 

2 Thank ksmom2Kansas
Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Got caught up on the top in a huge thunderstorm, driving along the rim and miles away you could see black clouds and lightning so we made a run for it, half an hour later it caught us, frightening in a metal camper. Walks and views.

1 Thank Felixstowe2016
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It took us about 7 hours to drive the East Portal Road and do the South Rim and Visitors Center. The EPR takes you down to the river before some of the water is diverted into the tunnel. The road has many switchbacks and 16% grade but worth it. The South Rim has around 12 view points with some a... More 

1 Thank Phil143
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353 reviews
110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 399 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I first went her on a geology field trip and I was hooked. This is such a narrow canyon, compared to the Grand Canyon. And this makes it feel all the deeper and more sheer. You cannot believe that a river was able to carve this. The canyon is not made of soft sandstone. It is hard Precambrian rock that... More 

1 Thank Rita B
Avon, Ohio
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1,281 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,587 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With the main access to the canyon located about 20 minutes east of the city of Montrose, CO or about 1.5 hours from Grand Junction, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison is one of the world’s few canyons that is deeper than wide and has amazingly shear, nearly vertical cliffs; especially the northern side which is viewed from 12 overlooks... More 

5 Thank Steve1362
Atlanta, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An amazing spectacle of nature and the power of water. The south rim drive has about 12 points to stop, take a short walk to view the majesty of the canyon from different angles. This park is not to be missed! Even on a cloudy, snow flurry day in late April it was beautiful.

2 Thank Sggypsy
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183 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't pass this by. This canyon is an amazing work of nature. It is called Black Canyon for a reason because of the way the light shines, or not shines, on different parts of the canyon. The entrance is a short 5 mile drive off the main highway and the circle around the canyon will not take you more than... More 

Thank Joelle B
Winchester, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Arrived at the south rim around 1130 AM. ALL roads were open. First we drove down East Portal which is about 6.5 miles downhill with a few switchbacks but the view at the bottom is so worth it. Pit toilets and picnic tables right on the river. Great views! Then did all of the south rim with all of the... More 

4 Thank nriemen
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Weather its in the car or on the motorcycle, you and the wife or the guys out for a ride this is one of Colorado's best paved roads through the mountains, we like to make a loop of it, leaving Rifle and going to Glenwood springs over McClure Pass then through the Black Canyon around to Montrose, Grand Junction and... More 

Thank Stu M
Cypress, Texas
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Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Be sure to watch the 20-minute video before driving the South Rim road. The North Rim road was closed when we were there. I think learning a little about the canyon made the scenery even more impressive.

3 Thank Grumpy-Texan

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