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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.

2 days ago

We hiked it yesterday, down to the river, car to car, in a touch under four hours. We're in pretty good shape for a couple of 50 year olds, have been in better shape; but it gave us a heck of a challenge. I fortunately still had my scrambling gloves in my backpack, and it's a good thing I did.

You will need a permit to go down this trail. Usual stuff. Make sure you have enough water, food, rain gear . . . Looking forward to doing it again next time we're in the area.

Definitely for experienced hikers who are not afraid of some risk and hard work. Took an hour twenty down moving quickly and two hours up with a lot of breaks in the heat of the afternoon. Definitely worth the trip. trail was discernible and traceable on the way up, just pay attention going down and once you get down, the ranger intends to be overly cautious. Be sure to get a wilderness permit I was checked as soon as I got on the trail (free). Be prepared and enjoy a gorgeous hike

Nice easy hike with the kids to the best view on the south rim!

Great view and easy hike!

7 days ago

This trail isn't meant the be done in a day unless you are in top shape. I was sore for days. The trail itself is obvious in most places but has a spot or two where the trail is hard to see on the way back. the view is good at the bottom, but it's not worth doing unless you're an avid fisherman.

Great views of the Gunnison river, and not totally exposed. The Oaks give some much needed shade. Awesome perspective of the canyon wall.

Beautiful trail! Gorgeous views of the black canyon. A little uneven but nice and short and easy, appropriate for almost anyone. One of my favorite hikes. We did it about 1.5 hours before dusk and were the only people on the trail. It was great. Our dog was also a big fan.

This trail was beautiful and very fun and easy for the kiddos. Lots of interesting facts alongside the trail

17 days ago

Nice hike from the visitor center partially down into the canyon under the cover of trees. Just be careful, a tree branch grabbed ahold of my sunglasses from the top of my head and I had to make my way down the steep canyon to get them. Some decent views of the canyon floor from a few points. Not many people on the trail.

Easy hike, following the trail guide out to the end. Nice views of the surrounding area. Last trail at the end of the road, small parking lot but parking wasn't too bad.

Quick walk out to the edge with some great views. Nobody on the trail.

Our favorite hike on the rim!

Another great hike in the park!

27 days ago

Beautiful views from this trail.

Much easier up than down!

29 days ago

This was an easy walk down an improved path and stone stairway to the overlook. There you can get cool pics and interesting info about the metamorphic rock that make up the walls of the canyon!

29 days ago

I began this hike early and saw/met no other hikers on it. It is easy to follow, but does have some good steep spots. It has good overlooks of the canyon, too!

Short walk to an amazing view

The drop and the view is breathtaking

1 month ago

Another of the amazing view of the canyon

1 month ago

The view are simply amazing of this canyon

1 month ago

Really challenging but worth every step.

1 month ago

Very adventuresome! I enjoyed the challenge it presented!

My friend and I did this very short hike last Sunday (6/3) after having spent the previous two days hiking down near Telluride. We hiked around 22 miles on our two day adventure, so the 1.5 mile round trip trek was a bit more strenuous for us than for some of the others who were just beginning their journey.

It was a little overcast when we started our hike around 10 am, but the sun came out in full force once we reached the viewpoint, and it illuminated the canyon in spectacular fashion. Definitely one of the more panoramic views among the 12 stops along the "Scenic Drive", but the "Painted Wall" still may have been my favorite amongst the options.

I would love to return to this National Park when I have some more time to explore the canyon and hike around. Definitely worth while for hikers of all ages and fitness levels!

Hiked 5/28/18, very few other hikers around. Steady incline towards the back end as you reach the summit. Views are amazing along the way definitely stop at exclamation point along the way!! The top has a lot of greenery but if you can stand up high the views are well worth it.

Like this place better then mt Garfield

Great views of the Canyon.

1 month ago

After looking down at the river from the North Rim yesterday it was great to actually get to see the river this close. Absolutely Beautiful

1 month ago

Nice to walk along the river after looking at it from the top of the North Rim yesterday

Nice, easy and short hike to a beautiful view from the North Rim of the Black Canyon

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