Warner Point Nature Trail

EASY 59 reviews

Warner Point Nature Trail is a 1.5 mile lightly 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 birding and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
406 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wildlife

no dogs

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.

4 days ago

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

10 days ago

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

hiking
16 days ago

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.

hiking
26 days ago

Another great hike in the park!

hiking
1 month ago

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!

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

Nice small hike. Nice views.

7 months ago

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!

9 months ago

Nice short hike.

hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

hiking
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

great way to end two days in the area... best perspective of the upstream cut and how the river exits towards Delta... bring plenty of water... there was more elevation change than i expected...

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Quick hike for an amazing view!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Nice easy walk to a nice view point.

hiking
Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Fun, easy hike with lots of color and scenery along the way, and a great view of the canyon at the end.

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Nice hike with a few steep ascents but very doable. Beautiful scenery in this magnificent national park. Go see it!

hiking
Friday, August 12, 2016

Watched the sunset from here with no one during a Wednesday evening in August. Some stairs are quite steep but anyone can get to the end of this beautiful walk and learn some new things about the plants/wildlife too!

hiking
Friday, July 29, 2016

fun easy hike took my 1yr old son with me in back seat

hiking
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Easy, short hike to the rim.

hiking
Monday, June 13, 2016

Short hike to the canyon rim.

hiking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

A longer hike for our kids, but the trail guide (available at the trailhead) kept them going. The view at the end was spectacular. Hike earlier in the day to avoid the heat.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Great hike for the little ones!

Thursday, September 03, 2015

A little steep in a few parts but a wonderful hike.

hiking
Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Easy hike and great view of the area. It's well worth your time to do this one.

hiking
Friday, July 11, 2014

This is a great hike for all abilities and ages. Takes just 30 minutes or so. Many photo opportunities along the way. Highly recommend.

walking
Saturday, August 24, 2013

Nice short hike with great view of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison

hiking
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

At the end of South Rim Drive at High Point, we hiked the 1.5 mile RT Warner Point Nature Trail in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Mark Warner, former pastor of the Montrose Presbyterian Church, had a lot to do with preserving the park. The trail is marked with points of interest and shady benches that allow you to rest among mountain mahogany, serviceberry, pinyon pine, and Utah juniper. We saw some very twisted pinyon pine logs left over from fires. Looking south we viewed the San Juan Mountain Range, Uncompahgre Valley, and Bostwick Park. To the north were the West Elk Mountains, and at the end of the trail views of the Gunnison River and the Black Canyon. At the end is the steepest drop-off from rim to river, a dizzying 2702 ft. We saw a very old pinyon pine tree, heard what we thought was the growl of a mountain lion, and after playing a trick on us with the walkie-talkies, our boys jumped out from behind a rock and scared us half to death. This is a great short hike with some fantastic views, but watch out for the big cats.

hiking
Monday, March 05, 2012

Short hike, but great views of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

hiking
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Branch off the main trail at a fork in the trail to a more advanced unpaved trail that goes along the canyon then down pretty steep to the river. Even if you don't go down to the river the hike along the canyon is worth it. You see Black Canyon to your right and Montrose and the mountains to your left.

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