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East Portal Road

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, CO
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Very nice, but a bit less than I expected

After seeing the incredible views from the rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, we came back... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2017
Kathy K
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Bozeman, Montana, United States
Use low gear

It is about 5 1/2 miles down with 16% grade at some places but to get down to the level of this... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2017
P1437
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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good38%
  • Average10%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“low gear” (8 reviews)
“the river” (18 reviews)
“dam area” (2 reviews)
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, CO
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Reviewed 5 June 2017

After seeing the incredible views from the rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, we came back the next morning to take East Portal Road down to the river level. We had a nice picnic there and even saw a bear across the river...More

Thank Kathy K
Reviewed 22 May 2017

It is about 5 1/2 miles down with 16% grade at some places but to get down to the level of this beautiful river where some of the water is diverted into the tunnel is worth it.

Thank P1437
Reviewed 8 May 2017

While it is possible to hike to the river using extremely challenging, unmaintained trails, the East Portal Road is the only realistic route to the river for the vast majority of visitors to the park. The road, which is generally closed by snow from mid-November...More

1  Thank Steve1362
Reviewed 3 May 2017

The road can be a little wild if you are not use to Mountain roads. But the real prize is the fishing in the river, I think it is excellent fishing but the fish are shy, They get a lot of pressure so they can...More

Thank Dean M
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Two days earlier before we flew out this road was closed. When we arrived, it had just opened that day! About 6.5 miles down with some twisting turns but a great spot at the bottom. It has the usual pit toilets at the bottom along...More

Thank nriemen
Reviewed 27 October 2016

A nice shorter excursion in Grand Canyon of the Gunnison National Park down to the Gunnison River. It has twists and turns both ways so you need to use your lower gears to save wear and tear on the vehicle. Watch the NPS video in...More

1  Thank IdaIllinois
Reviewed 17 October 2016

It is a 16% grade and lots of curves but well worth the drive to the bottom. This wasn't here the last time we were here so had to do it and very glad we did

Thank Mary H
Reviewed 3 October 2016

After traveling the North RIm, we came back around to the South Rim to do East Portal Road, ( and to get my passport stamp). This road leads to the river and is a great view looking up at the age old rocks. This view...More

Thank Kim D
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

A super steep (16% grade) 6 mile road leading down into the canyon. Terrific at the bottom. Amazing views along the drive, and then great views from the base. Water and surroundings are stunning. A campground is also available here.

2  Thank Deanne A
Reviewed 16 August 2016

We had half a day to spend in Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP and started our day doing the East Portal Road. If we had it to do over again we'd skip this drive in favor of spending more time "topside" on the canyon....More

2  Thank gypsymamma
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