Explore the most popular birding trails near Crawford with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

20 days ago

We weren't as enthusiastic about this hike as some of the other reviewers, but it was enjoyable. If you have time on the north rim and want to see the canyon from another vantage point, certainly bust this hike out. But, knowing what I know now, I wouldn't have disappointed if we wouldn't have had time for it. It was short and pretty easy, so I'll give it that. If you've done the pull-out view points and want more, this would be the next option.

My husband and I did this trail in mid July. Other than being quite hot and not much shade, we enjoyed it. Tip: take a right when the trail comes to a dead end (about 0.8 mile in), and then about 1.5 mile in take the fork that goes right down into the forest. It will spit you out at an overlook where you are looking down into the canyon! Great views. Bring lots of water and sunscreen!

Great view and easy hike!

2 months ago

This was an easy walk down an improved path and stone stairway to the overlook. There you can get cool pics and interesting info about the metamorphic rock that make up the walls of the canyon!

2 months ago

This is a great short hike. Off the beaten path, so definitely isolated. Gives a good view of Lamborn and Landsend Peaks. The last quarter of the trial is steep and loose, but worth it to get to the base of the rock! Good hike! The brush is a little thick at the top so wear pants and sleeves that don't snag. Saw and elk cow and her calf too.

Hiked 5/28/18, very few other hikers around. Steady incline towards the back end as you reach the summit. Views are amazing along the way definitely stop at exclamation point along the way!! The top has a lot of greenery but if you can stand up high the views are well worth it.

Great views of the Canyon.

2 months ago

Took the left fork of the trail just under the the 1.3 miles make which lead to the top the mountain but not the view point that I really wanted to see. Should have taken the right fork but didn't find that our until I met another hiker on the way back. Nice views just not the one that I thought.

2 months ago

Only made it up less that half way because it was too steep for my wife who isn't much of a hiker. Nice views

2 months ago

Wow what a view. My favorite view because you can look up canyon. Don't pass this one up

My GF and I hiked this trail a few days ago and really enjoyed the experience. The views from various points along the trail were stunning. From the summit of Green Mountain you can see so much of the surrounding area. A quick note: if you take the detour for Exclamation Point (which we highly recommend) it ends up being a little bit over 7 miles round trip. Also, by way of advance notice, you'll need to take along $20 for the entry permit. While you're there, don't pass up the short .25 mile Chasm View, which provides a safe way to view straight down into the Black Canyon and the Gunnison river below.

One of the best views in the park. It is right behind the visitor center, not the overlook right before you get to the visitor center. If you’re at the south rim, you have to go see this!

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.

Just gorgeous, and ends at a truly spectacular overlook. However, wouldn't call it "hard" ~ more like moderate.

Very nice trail with an absolutely stunning view over the canyon from the green mountain vista point. The was almost no one else on the trail...very quiet.

Monday, July 31, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Trail gets somewhat hard to follow the higher you climb. Maybe someone should take a machete up there? Like stated before... view gets better the higher you climb.

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.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

I hiked this trail while camping at the North Ridge Campground. This trail is great and accessible to almost everyone. There are several incredible lookout points over the canyon. This would be a great hike for families and anyone looking for an incredible view that requires little effort. Be very careful near the cliffs with pets and children as there are no barriers.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Nice and easy-1 hour round trip. Almost stepped on a snake!

great hike. part of the north rim of Black Canyon National Park. don't skip exclamation point on your way up to the green mountain summit. we hiked it late in the day on memorial day weekend, so the crowds had mostly left by the time we got there. very peaceful and quiet.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Maintained trail with great views. Didn't get to the very end as the trail drops onto a shaded slope that was still snow covered (and it'd be a slide for life if you slipped while crossing the drift).

Great trail!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Go hike it! Short and easy with amazing views from the north rim of the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park. Be careful where you step, lizards and snakes galore with abundant cactus plants.

Awesome trail in the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park ($15 for a week pass). No crowds on a Wednesday in August. The views are spectacular the entire way. All-around easy trail but definitely is the longest/most difficult trail on either rim (non inner-canyon trail).

Thursday, June 02, 2016

The view was worth the hike. We completed this hike as a family.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Excellent family trail. Easy going terrain leading to spectacular views. Definitely worth the hike. The North Rim of the park is much less accessible and therefore has far fewer visitors, adding to the experience of this short hike.

Monday, April 04, 2016

North Vista is an amazing trail. The view from Exclamation Point is one of the best anywhere, absolutely breathtaking. You can hike beyond here to the top of Green Mountain, which is a little more strenuous but still not too difficult and makes for an out-and-back distance of about 7 miles. I got caught in thundersnow on the way down, which was very cool.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

First of all, it's spelled NEEDLEROCK...not like it is above. This is a nice hike up, and very un-crowded. The higher you go on the base of Needlerock, the more beautiful the West Elk Mountains become. We saw white, furry mountain goats up on the rock itself!

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