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Warner Point Nature Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Montrose, Colorado that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October.

Length 1.5 mi Elevation gain 406 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Wildlife

No dogs

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Getting There

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.

Ample parking for normal traffic at the end of South Rim road. South Rim is open every day. South Rim Road is open to vehicles from early April to mid-November. In winter, the South Rim Road is open to Gunnison Point. The remainder of the road is closed to vehicles, but open to cross country skiing and snowshoeing. North Rim Road and ranger station are closed in winter. The road typically closes late November and reopens mid-April. SOUTH RIM VISITOR CENTER The visitor center is open all year. Hours: Fall, Winter, Spring: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Summer: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day Phone: (970) 249-1914 extension 423 Location: Two miles from the south rim entrance station on the South Rim Road.

National Park Service 102 Elk Creek Gunnison, CO 81230 PARK HEADQUARTERS PHONE: (970) 641-2337 http://www.nps.gov/blca/index.htm http://www.nps.gov/blca/planyourvisit/hikingtrails.htm

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is located approximately 250 miles southwest of Denver. South Rim (to access the Warner Point Nature trail): 15 miles east of Montrose, via U.S. Highway 50 and CO Highway 347 North Rim: 11 miles south of Crawford, via CO Highway 92 and North Rim Road (unpaved) There is no bridge between the north and south rims of the canyon. Allow two to three hours to drive from one side to the other. More info: http://www.nps.gov/blca/planyourvisit/directions.htm

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Jonathan Beigle
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Great views and a pretty easy trail with lots of shade. It was 90+ today so the trees were nice. We did it for a sunset hike and it was great at the end of the trail!

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Sarah Kovalesky
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Parker Morgan
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Very nice hike. We did it in the morning, which the sun was rough and blocked out the canyon itself. The views itself were great. The dragon point, Cedar point, and Gunnison overlooks offered a much better view.

Brian Doegen
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Easy to moderate (more easy) with stunning views of the canyon at the end. Nice mix of shade and sun. It is a touristy hike so more populated. Overall I do recommend starting with this hike and working your way back down the canyon and exploring the other sights and trails.

Jack B
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Beautiful and quick hike, gives you a different view of the canyon.

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Aaron Young
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Hiking

Easy hike with incredible views, especially at the end where you have this amazing view back up into Black Canyon. Great spot to watch the sunset!

Eryn Roznik
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Hiking

Great trail to stretch your legs. This park doesn’t have many longer hikes, so this is definitely worth the time. The view is similar to many of the viewpoints though, so you aren’t missing a ton if you don’t have time for this one. This one took us less than an hour.

Deidre Arbour
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Short, interactive hike. We learned all about juniper and pinion pines.

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Elijah Barsness
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Warner Point Trail was my favorite of this National Park's trails. Spectacular views at the end of it.

Gabriella Carpenter
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The Warner Point Trail is one of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park‘s most popular trails, and for good reason. The trail is an out-and-back trail and features scenic views of the Black Canyon, Gunnison River, and neighboring mountains. The trail itself is well-maintained and easy to hike given that the majority of it is flat. As a bonus, juniper trees and pinyon pine trees provide hikers with shade.

Mike Degen
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Incredible views, easy hike from car

Nate Duffus
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Cool to see both sides (canyon and then the town on the other side).

Roseanne Silva
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I hiked the trail yesterday afternoon. It was a fabulous sunny day, 57 degrees, light breeze. Trail was dry. Not too crowded. Maybe 20 other hikers on the trail. The views were amazing! If you are afraid of heights, there is a nice, safe view with bench around interpretive trail stop #4/5 If you are not acclimated to the altitude, take it easy on the stair climbs. Bring water. The entrance fee to park was not being collected due to the visitor center and campgrounds being closed (due to COVID). Hike safe!

Tom Ayto
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fun hike

John Markgraf
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easy out and back with neature facts

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kat Kennedy
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Forgot to turn the recording off at the end very fun! Beautiful views!

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Sarah Herbert
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As one of the longer hikes on the South Rim, we really enjoyed this trail. Similar views to the overlooks, but with a more vast look of the canyon at the end. Pretty sunny, but otherwise great.

Timo S
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More prosaic than informative nature trail.

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Rick Herman
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Good views of valley San Juan’s and canyon at its southern most point.

Debby S.
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Grab one of the brochures so you can read about the juniper and piñon! Great views of the valley and the canyons.

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Rachel Lynn
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There aren't too many moderate hikes in this NP since the canyon is so intense (understandably) but if you just want to get out and stretch your legs some this hike will fit the bill.To your left you'll see views of the valley below, field/towns/mountains in the distance, and on your right there are occasionally glimpses into the canyon. I wouldn't say the view at the end of this trail is that much different or more spectacular than the views at the pull outs, but again, if you want a little hike this one works just fine!

Steven Fischer
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Relatively easy hike and great views at the end.

Kevin K
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amazing look out at the end. not too tough of a trail for the average hiker

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Alex Gremer
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Hiking

Lovely self guided tour pamphlet at the start of the hike, with excerpts from Werner’s journals and explanations of the piñon and juniper trees that kiss the land. Immaculate view of the canyon at the end. Well worth it!!!! As a plus, I had cell reception during this hike. Reception is not available anywhere else in the park, and as a solo hiker, it was reassuring to check in with my family. Took me about an hour and a half (I stopped and had lunch at the point for 30 minutes) and I am a moderate-level hiker. Happy hiking!

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Sarah Alber
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Interesting tour booklet available at trail head. Hot and dry in the middle of the day, but a few areas of shade available.

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Maria Edible
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Short with stunning views at the end. I wouldn't say the Warner Trail is a total cakewalk on a scorching hot day (remember, you're at an altitude of 8,000 plus feet). There are also a couple more short trails by the South Rim Campground (we skipped these). So while I wanted to do a longer hike and didn't realize how far all the major trails were from the South Rim Campground where we stayed, I was quite satisfied with the Warner Trail and the overlook options. DOG RESTRICTIONS. If you have dogs, I'd advise you to look into their current guidelines before you go. Dogs are only allowed on certain trails ("Pets on leash may be walked on roads, in campgrounds, to the overlooks, and are allowed on the Cedar Point Nature Trail, and North Rim Chasm View Nature Trail.") However, when I visited, they had special restrictions in place: "From June 1 to August 10, 2019, dogs are allowed in campsites in South Rim Campground, but may not be taken on walks (even on leash) or be carried around the campground or on the southern portion of the Rim Rock Trail due to potentially aggressive deer protecting their fawns. Over the past few years, female deer have acted aggressively and even attacked park visitors walking dogs. The deer perceive the dog as a threat to their fawns. This has resulted in several deer being euthanized and a visitor almost getting mauled to death." SOURCE: https://www.nps.gov/blca/planyourvisit/pets2.htm.

Shayan Saeed
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Only do it if you got time.

Joe Hundelt
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Warner Point is the best viewpoint in BCG park with the exception of the Cedar Point view of the Painted Wall. If your up for the walk then I wouldn’t miss it while your at the Black Canyon

James Dies
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amazing views the whole way of both the canyon and countryside) snowy mountain peaks

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