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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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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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Zak Lance
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If you want to hike at BCOTG, this is your best bet. Great views at the point and only one other person on the trail (it had recently snowed a bit)

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David Rashid
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Clayton Westphal
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An easy hike, with some nice views.

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alex m
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Lyndsay Brock
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Easy walk out to a beautiful view of Black Canyon of the Gunnison

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Kristen Miller
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Short and sweet. Amazing views of the canyon.

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Chris Todd
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Christopher Ficek
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Jeff MacQuarrie
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MacKenzie Staples
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Patrick Laflin
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Robert Morrison
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Only did part. Views of valley and canyon.

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Bryan Holekamp
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Nice nature trail explaining the local fauna and history of the park. Warner Point at the end offers some good views. This may be the best trail you can take on the southern rim without a wilderness permit into the canyon. The parking lot offers decent parking, but it fills up by mid-day. The trailhead has a compost restroom. Don’t forget to pick up the trail guide at the trailhead before you start the hike.

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Jeff Leipprandt
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Great little trail with some fantastic views. Worth hiking to the very end for the best views.

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Cindy Keller
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Well established trail, there & back. Fabulous views. There are some ups & downs.

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Short Mcclure
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Andy Dunn
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Nate Evans
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Kelly Ekdahl
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Informative

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Damian Lawler
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Pat Lauer
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Awesome trail with amazing views, especially at the end.

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Wakey Monkey
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Andy Burchett
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MeAn Rivera
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N K
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Enjoyed the moderate hike and beautiful views of canyon at end. We measured at 2.0 round trip vs the 1.5 listed.

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Dean Banks
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The 15 min ranger briefing makes sense in retrospect. Hiking down from the saddle is super steep and loose, with not many handholds in some sections. I turned around about a third of the way down from the saddle - it was too hot and too loose for me to want to go all the way down to the river. I suspect there's a good reason that Gunnison route is the most popular in the park.

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Jade Keena
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Gorgeous views at sunset! It was harder than I thought it would be given that is called a "nature trail" but not difficult. A nice little hike!

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Kevin Wiese
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Christopher Jones
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It says easy but I would rate it moderate despite its short distance. Enjoyed the view by ourselves for 20-25 minutes. Gorgeous

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Brett K
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A moderate hike with some resting spots along the way. The view is great at the end.

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