nature trips



wild flowers


kid friendly


trail running

no dogs

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.

This is a great little trail, about 1.4 miles RT. There is a trail guide you can pick up at the trailhead that describes numbered points of interest along the way. The views at the end are spectacular and you get to learn a lot about the history and natural features of the canyon. Definitely more elevation change that I expected, but not strenuous by any means.

11 days ago

Short walk to the overlook with more views of the Black Canyon. Cedar Point has an old cedar tree near the edge. This is downriver from the VC and between the VC and Warner Point at the end of the road. Also can see the Painted Wall from here across the river.

Short walk to the overlook with another view of the deep trench called the Black Canyon. This is downriver from the VC and between the VC and Warner Point at the end of the road. Striations in the rock wall across the river look like paintings. Not to miss.

18 days ago

Short walk from the VC, this trail provides some amazing views deep into the trench. This is a really cool NP often overlooked and has some great hikes along the canyon rim.

super easy walk to some amazing views. the roar of the water from close to 1/2 mile below is incredible. worth a quick visit.

on Warner Route

27 days ago

Did this hike with my son on 7/21/17. It was tougher than we expected, especially going down. It took us nearly 3 hours to get down thanks to the sheer steepness. It was 2.5 coming back up. Beautiful at the bottom where we did a little swimming in the very cold Gunnison River. Don't underestimate this hike due to its shortness.

A very fun hike. We went down in the morning and spent the afternoon fishing, and then returned the following day. For a relatively inexperienced hiker (but an avid runner), it wasn't terribly hard. Went with a group of 4 (no experienced hikers), and we went down in 2.5 hours and back up in 3 hours. There's large, flat rock about halfway down that offers an amazing view and shade to relax.

Easy, great views. Turned it into a loop by continuing on uplands trail, returns you back to the visitor center.