Warner Point Nature Trail

EASY 14 reviews

Warner Point Nature Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Montrose, CO that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible from May until October.

1.6 miles 514 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

forest

river

views

wildlife

no dogs

Warner Point Nature Trail offers a great taste of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison at the end of South Rim Road. Scenic 1.5 mile RT hike to a great view of the canyon and river below. You can pick up a trail guide at the High Point Overlook or the South Rim Visitor Center (or download it at the link below). Along this relatively flat out and back trail find shady benches among mountain mahogany, serviceberry, pinyon pine, and juniper. Look south to the San Juan Mountain Range, Uncompahgre Valley, and Bostwick Park. To the north look for the West Elk Mountains, and at the end of the trail enjoy the views of the Gunnison River and the Black Canyon. Pets are not allowed. Ref: http://www.nps.gov/blca/planyourvisit/hikingtrails.htm

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike with a few steep ascents but very doable. Beautiful scenery in this magnificent national park. Go see it!

hiking
3 months ago

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!

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

Easy, short hike to the rim.

hiking
5 months ago

Short hike to the canyon rim.

hiking
6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

Great hike for the little ones!

1 year ago

A little steep in a few parts but a wonderful hike.

hiking
1 year ago

Easy hike and great view of the area. It's well worth your time to do this one.

hiking
2 years ago

This is a great hike for all abilities and ages. Takes just 30 minutes or so. Many photo opportunities along the way. Highly recommend.

walking
3 years ago

Nice short hike with great view of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison

hiking
3 years ago

At the end of South Rim Drive at High Point, we hiked the 1.5 mile RT Warner Point Nature Trail in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Mark Warner, former pastor of the Montrose Presbyterian Church, had a lot to do with preserving the park. The trail is marked with points of interest and shady benches that allow you to rest among mountain mahogany, serviceberry, pinyon pine, and Utah juniper. We saw some very twisted pinyon pine logs left over from fires. Looking south we viewed the San Juan Mountain Range, Uncompahgre Valley, and Bostwick Park. To the north were the West Elk Mountains, and at the end of the trail views of the Gunnison River and the Black Canyon. At the end is the steepest drop-off from rim to river, a dizzying 2702 ft. We saw a very old pinyon pine tree, heard what we thought was the growl of a mountain lion, and after playing a trick on us with the walkie-talkies, our boys jumped out from behind a rock and scared us half to death. This is a great short hike with some fantastic views, but watch out for the big cats.

hiking
4 years ago

Short hike, but great views of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

hiking
5 years ago

Branch off the main trail at a fork in the trail to a more advanced unpaved trail that goes along the canyon then down pretty steep to the river. Even if you don't go down to the river the hike along the canyon is worth it. You see Black Canyon to your right and Montrose and the mountains to your left.