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.

hiking
2 months ago

Short trail, stunning views. Fairly easy with a few steeper spots.

hiking
2 months ago

Great ending.

hiking
2 months ago

fun stuff. beautiful views!

2 months ago

Great hike. Awesome views of both the canyon and the San Juan mountains. Easy hike, finished in about 30 minutes.

hiking
2 months ago

Although we didn't see the Warner Brothers and their sister Dot, we still enjoyed the hike out to Warner Point, which has great views of both the canyon and back towards the towns down the valley. Free informative pamphlets are available at the trailhead that talk about what your seeing along the way, like beautiful pinion pines, animal signs, and of course Black Canyon of the Gunnison. It's a little hilly in some spots, but I was fine just walking the trail in sandals. Be sure to stay hydrated if you go on a summer day!

hiking
3 months ago

The trail itself was unremarkable, and there are better views of the canyon (Painted Wall, etc.) back towards the visitors center along the main road. BCOTGNP is definitely a views-based park, not a hiking one, but this didn’t feel worth it.

3 months ago

Great views, easy hike, short and quick.

4 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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
4 months ago

Another great hike in the park!

hiking
5 months 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!

7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

Nice small hike. Nice views.

11 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!

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Nice short hike.

hiking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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.

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Saturday, July 08, 2017

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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.

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Sunday, September 04, 2016

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

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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!

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Friday, July 29, 2016

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

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Easy, short hike to the rim.

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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!

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