Explore the most popular hiking 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.

hiking
1 day 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

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!

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail and views! Park sign say 6 miles, not 4.9..... and almost 1800' elevation gain. End of Nov and still very warm. Wonderful rock walking at bottom and beautiful driftwood.

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.

hiking
9 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
11 months ago

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.

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

hiking
11 months ago

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.

hiking
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!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Devils Corkscrew will teach you a thing or two! Be ready for the big uphill. Trail paved with stones in some areas.

hiking
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

easy down, but rest up before heading back up!

hiking
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.

hiking
Friday, August 12, 2016

This trail was at the North Rim Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park. Starts as an old access road that leads to some abandoned buildings. Hang a right and the gravel turns into dirt as the real trail begins. I made a loop and didn't go all the way down to Deadhorse Gulch. Not a lot of views but no one else was on the trail in the middle of the day (Exclamation Point & Green Mt. trailhead was packed by noon).

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).

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

3 miles down to a the beautiful river, then 3 miles back up. Fantastic hike.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

hiking
Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Even thought its a bit longer than other "trails" in the park, this one is still easy, flat, and like so many other areas you'll get great views of the canyon.

hiking
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The trip out to Exclamation Point and back is about three miles round trip, but the entire trail covers around 6, with exceptions aerial views of the canyon at the last mile. If you're going to hike this in the summer, do so when it's cooler -- there's relatively no shade here and dehydration sets in fast !

hiking
Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Trail is well kept mostly dirt terrain and rock out cropping's with scenic views of the Gunnison Gorge visible on much of the hike. The best view is at the end. The Gorge is deep and from the rock cliffs above the river below looks like a creek. It's amazing. Morning hike was a cool 32 deg. The trail had a mix of frozen and wet ground and snow patches. Took some great photos.

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