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Best Trails in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

64 reviews

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Deep, Steep and Narrow Big enough to be overwhelming, still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time, Black Canyon of the Gunnison exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America. With two million years to work, the Gunnison River, along with the forces of weathering, has sculpted this vertical wilderness of rock, water, and sky.

on Painted Wall View Trail
8 days ago

Definitely, one of the over looks you want to see, the painted wall is one of the more famous landmarks of the park. Easy walk

on North Vista Trail (Exclam...
15 days ago

hiking

Go hike it! Short and easy with amazing views from the north rim of the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park. Be careful where you step, lizards and snakes galore with abundant cactus plants.

on Cedar Point Nature Trail
15 days ago

hiking

Great quick overlook trail, do them all!!!

on Rim Rock Nature Trail
15 days ago

hiking

Views upon views during a nice hike. I combined this trail with uplands and oak flat to make a 3 mile loop; beginning and ending at the south rim visitor center. Did not see another soul on this trail during an August summer evening.

on High Point Trail
15 days ago

hiking

Definitely a must do when in the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park, views fo days.

on Painted Wall View Trail
15 days ago

hiking

Short walk to see the beautiful wall, a must do!!!

on Deadhorse Trail
15 days ago

hiking

This trail was at the North Rim Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park. Starts as an old access road that leads to some abandoned buildings. Hang a right and the gravel turns into dirt as the real trail begins. I made a loop and didn't go all the way down to Deadhorse Gulch. Not a lot of views but no one else was on the trail in the middle of the day (Exclamation Point & Green Mt. trailhead was packed by noon).

on Oak Flat Loop Trail
15 days ago

hiking

Pearl short trail. I combined this trail with uplands and rim rock to make a 3 mile loop trail back to the parking lot at the south rim visitor center where I had started. Crowded, so go early or late. Only took me an hour to do the loop of all three trails. Abundant wildlife and fauna.

on Warner Point Nature Trail
15 days ago

hiking

Watched the sunset from here with no one during a Wednesday evening in August. Some stairs are quite steep but anyone can get to the end of this beautiful walk and learn some new things about the plants/wildlife too!

on Chasm View Nature Trail
15 days ago

hiking

Quick and easy trail to an overlook that is on the North Rim of Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park.

on Warner Point Nature Trail
29 days ago

hiking

fun easy hike took my 1yr old son with me in back seat

on Warner Point Nature Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Easy, short hike to the rim.

on Gunnison Route Trail
2 months ago

hiking

this route is the easiest route to the river from the rim. However, most would find it extremely hard. At one point you have to use a chain to assist in getting down and back up. I did it out and back in one day. If I did it again I would camp at the river and return the next day. Great backpack camp at the river's edge.

on Painted Wall View Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Nice views of the canyon, specially nice are the veining viewed here.

on Warner Point Nature Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Short hike to the canyon rim.

on Cedar Point Nature Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Nice canyon views. Short hike to rim.

on Oak Flat Loop Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Nice hike with some canyon views. Does drop down into the canyon 400 ft. Good hike for the canyon rim

on Oak Flat Loop Trail
2 months ago

incredible views

on Warner Point Nature Trail
2 months ago

hiking

A longer hike for our kids, but the trail guide (available at the trailhead) kept them going. The view at the end was spectacular. Hike earlier in the day to avoid the heat.

on Rim Rock Nature Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Good walk for young kids, although a bit long for the littlest one. Incredible views!