Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

11 days ago

Best approach is to take the right fork if you are coming from the visitor center and come up from the western side of the trail.

Some nice views of the canyon from the trail but they are easy to replicate from Rock Rim Road if you are not up for the hike. But this hike is a good hike if you want to explore below the rim without committing to a full descent into the canyon.

Best view on the south rim!

Great, short hike! Extremely windy at the top.

One of the best views in the park. It is right behind the visitor center, not the overlook right before you get to the visitor center. If you’re at the south rim, you have to go see this!

Beautiful views for a nice short hike. One of the best views on the south rim!

1 month ago

Easy. and quick hike. Great views!

1 month ago

Nice small hike. Nice views.

Beautiful views!! Went in March and it was very snowy. But if you stop at the visitor center you can rent yaktrax for free. They helped immensely! The trail does have a few steep inclines that posed a fun challenge with the snow - again have some sort of boot/shoe grip if in winter months. Couldn’t stop smiling during my hike. I will be coming back for sure.

2 months ago

The trail was covered in snow, and we didn’t have the right gear so we couldn’t do the whole loop, but the first half mile was very pretty. Beautiful in the winter!

Beautiful sunset lights up the West Elk Mountains pink. Then I saw a huge full moon rise up from behind the peaks. Stunning. Definitely recommended for sunset!

Trail in good condition. Starts at visitor center. This a loop trail. The right hand entrance at the star of trail is a steeper descent than the left side which uses switchbacks to go down. Trail slippery when wet.

Another short and easy overlook trail. This spot also has a very nice view of the Painted Wall. And of the several lookouts that I visited, this one had the best unobstructed view of the Gunnison River running through the canyon far below.

A short and easy overlook trail that has a spectacular view of the Painted Wall on the north side of the canyon. It is the tallest sheer cliff in Colorado at 2,250 feet. My July vacation schedule didn’t allow for it, but this vantage point is probably best for viewing and taking pictures earlier in the day...before the likely afternoon glare.

A short walk down from the visitor center to an exposed and remarkable lookout point with amazing views down into canyon. Combine with the nearby Oak Flat Trail if you have time for the relatively short hike below the rim.

easy and breath taking

beautiful easy hike with amazing views!

Nice short hike.

Could have sat and grooved all day at the trail's end

This is the best viewpoint in the park! Beautiful! :-)

8 months ago

Short walk. Great views.

8 months ago

Short hike, Great views.

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.

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.

9 months ago

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.

9 months 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.

Not a super challenging hike, but there's more elevation change than it looks like. The end of the hike is an absolutely gorgeous view into the south part of the canyon. During the hike there are many great views towards Montrose.

Great starting point for a trip to Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Very crowded as it's adjacent to the visitor center, but still worth checking out.

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