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Best trails in Montrose

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Looking for a great trail near Montrose, Colorado? AllTrails has 22 great hiking trails, views trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Needle Rock Study Area or Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 14 easy trails in Montrose ranging from 0.8 to 14.4 miles and from 5,784 to 8,336 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Montrose
Top trails (22)
#1 - Warner Point Nature Trail
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 53 m
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. Show more
#2 - Gunnison Route Trail
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 56 m
Both day and overnight hikers are required to obtain a wilderness permit in order to hike this route. A limited number of permits are available from the South Rim Visitor Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Hikers should be prepared to carry 4 liters of water or should bring a water filter.Show more
#3 - Oak Flat Loop Trail
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 44 m
#4 - Painted Wall View Trail
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
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Length: 0.2 mi • Est. 5 m
#5 - Rim Rock Nature Trail
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 44 m
#6 - Duncan Road
Gunnison Gorge Wilderness
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
#7 - Dragon Point Trail
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 12 m
Dragon Point; a widening ravine with overgrown sides, enclosing the greenish-grey waters of the river. The overlook is reached by a wide path across a flat, rocky promontory between the river and a small side canyon to the south. A sign gives the distance as 100 yards, but 300 is more accurate.Show more
#8 - Warner Route
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 3 h 45 m
A beautiful and steep hike down to a fantastic canyon and Gold Medal Water and Wild Trout Water designated river. A backcountry pass (required) can be obtained at the South Rim Ranger Station which you'll pass on the way to the trailhead. The rangers can also be helpful in directing you to the trailhead. Access is not straightforward. The trail achieves most of it's 3,000 foot elevation change in under 3 miles so it's not for the faint of heart. Camping at the bottom is limited but adequate for the number of backcountry passes allotted per day. Some are upriver of where the trail meets the river, as is the one camp toilet. Others are slightly downriver and are, arguably, better. This is a wilderness designated area so the utmost care must be made to leave it as it is. No fires, no cairns, no trail markers of any kind, no assembling benches or tabled from rock and logs. Aside from the luxury of a toilet at the bottom, it's true backcountry. You need a "inner canyon permit" for this route and the rangers at the visitor center can give you valuable advice. Show more
#9 - East Portal Trail
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 20 m
Starting from the end of the campground, this trail tracks mostly north, following along a relatively gentle stretch of river. From this side of the water, you'll be able to admire the dramatic cliffs on the other side. Take note of the tilted beds and incredible structures, which hint at the geologic processes that shaped the region.Show more
#10 - Cedar Point Nature Trail
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 10 m
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