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Canyon for which this national park was named.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, CO
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 26 September 2003

Just returned from trip to Four Corners. Black Canyon of the Gunnisons east of Montrose was fabulous. Awesome views from overlooks, nice visitor center with interesting film about history of canyon. Highly recommend.

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 15 October 2013

We took a daytrip from the town of Gunnison to the Black Canyon. This was our first big mistake. It is a VERY long drive and there are several places where extensive road work is being done with long waits. Because of the terrain, there...More

3  Thank Dogonfunny
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We hiked down into the canyon using the Oak Flat Trail in the wilderness area. You are required to have a wilderness pass, so stop at welcome center first. You actually use that parking lot to hike the trail down. The trail isn’t easy, but...More

Thank CavemanHHH
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another National Park gem that is best appreciated by stopping first at the Visitor Center and watching the movie and/or taking a free ranger-led geology tour! If just passing through on a short visit, highly recommend driving to the end of the South Rim (High...More

Thank webcam13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Black Canyon Of the Gunnison is a narrow approx. 2000' deep canyon, with a river running thur it. We drove the South Rim Road which has about 10 overlook with parking areas. Our favorite overlooks were Painted Wall, End of the Road, Pulpit Rock and...More

Thank webbfoot
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of our country's newest National Parks having changed status from National Monument in 1999. Since it is so new and relatively unknown and also since it is relatively isolated in SW Colorado and not near any major interstate it is really a...More

1  Thank wgm51
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a park and walk to overlooks or "down looks" national park with a really nice visitor center. A series of stops allow you different viewpoints to be able to see deep into the canyon and have chance to see the ribbon-like Gunnison River....More

Thank Chuck2010
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just outside Montrose. Nice drive up to visitor center. Friendly ranger working the desk. I camped in the winter for free. There was no way to pay. If your in the area check it out.

Thank Upnorthtransplant1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a cut into the earth! Traveling up from Montrose, you climb about 2000' and when you finally get to the park, there is an overlook. WOW!!! Just amazing geology, sheer cliffs and where is the river? Way down there! Every pullout had a different...More

Thank stancal
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The canyon is so deep and so narrow that little sunlight can penetrate it. The massive black walls are lit up only when the sun is at its highest point in the sky, and the canyon's name is said to come from the many shadows...More

1  Thank jane s
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

All national parks have their own unique jaw dropping quality, this one is no different. Seemed a small place from map, one trick pony, but it was amazing. We spent five hours going from viewpoint to viewpoint taking pictures!

Thank Kay L
Reviewed 8 October 2018

Oringinally wasn’t sure if we should go, but glad we did. Recommend starting at the visitor center and watching the film regarding the history of the canyon. Nice drive around the rim of the canyon.

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29 August 2018|
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Response from Gary F | Reviewed this property |
We just kind of took off exploring for about a day and it is hard to retrace. Park Service can help you as you enter the park.
20 May 2018|
Response from stevehV467FM | Reviewed this property |
Black Canyon Don’t know much about the Dunes NP?
13 January 2017|
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Response from CharlieSnyder | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for my delayed reply. There is a "Main" South entrance and another North entrance. I've done both. I recommend just the South and you can easily do it in 1/2 a day, giving it plenty of time. There is a small visit... More