Gunnison Point Overlook

EASY 8 reviews

Gunnison Point Overlook is a 0.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Crawford, Colorado that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
0.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
78 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

Gunnison Point Overlook is located directly behind the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park visitor center. You can see the overlook from the visitor center. Along the short walk, mica flakes in the rocks sparkle in the sunlight. Pegmatite Dikes Over a billion years ago, molten rock was squeezed into fissures forming the light-colored bands which thread Black Canyon's otherwise dark walls. You are standing on one of these bands. As the hot fluid slowly cooled and hardened, minerals formed into crystals. Look closely; you may recognize flecks of mica, feldspar, quartz, and perhaps even garnet. These bands of lighter colored igneous rock - called pegmatite dikes - are more resistant to erosion than the dark gneisses (sounds like "nice-es") into which they intrude. Consequently, the pegmatite weathers more slowly than the gneiss. The vertical position of the dikes here, combined with their resistance to weathering, has produced the fin-like appearance of parts of the canyon walls. You will see pegmatite at nearly every overlook. The pegmatite dike you see across the canyon nearly half a mile away is the same one you are standing on! Imagine the relentless cutting power of the Gunnison River.

hiking
23 days ago

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.

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3 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.

4 months ago

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.

5 months ago