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Address: Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, CO
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Less visited but wonderfully scenic area.

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Absolutely breathtaking.

I haven't done the South Rim, but the rims aren't far geographically from each other, so I can't imagine they're that different, but the North is definitely less visited, as it's... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 September 2016
justxlns
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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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Cary, NC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The north rim has dirt road but the road is well maintained and in very good condition. The north rim offers more hiking possibilities. It also offers steeper drop that really makes your knee wobble. There are far fewer people on the North Rim. We drove the entire length of North Rim, stopping at every overlook and only saw one... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

I haven't done the South Rim, but the rims aren't far geographically from each other, so I can't imagine they're that different, but the North is definitely less visited, as it's harder to get to. I enjoyed feeling like I was the only one there. I felt like the first person to ever discover it and it was BREATHTAKING! Highlight... More 

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

This is a beautiful and inspiring place to visit. It took us many miles out of the way to get here only to find no resources or staff.

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Denver, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

The 6 mile dirt road to get to the back is not bad and the drive is worth it. You know which cars have been to the North Rim, they are covered with dust. The views are better, you look straight down into the canyon. There are fewer people on the North Rim, so it feels like you have it... More 

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Frederick
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Gas up the car, turn off your phone (there's no service anyway), fill your water bottles and prepare for an adventure on the north side. There are some overlooks off the road, similar to the design of the rim road on the south side, but here you can hike longer trails and see more of the terrain with fewer people/cars.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

Do it if you have time, but don't lose any sleep if you have to miss the North Rim Drive. Beautiful lookouts and views, but if you've already done the South Rim Drive - you won't find this much different. Nice hike when you arrive / just past the Ranger Station. What does stand out for us (beside the Black... More 

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whitewater colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2015

my previous attempt at a review got "shot down" by TripTravAdv as i tried to direct any readers to my "blog" -- as there are pixures and a description of an ordeal i underwent there (the local run-club's annual along-the-edge road races). so ... the Black Canyawn is, on the average, about as deep as the Grand -- but considerably... More 

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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

Doing both the south and north rims is tough in a single day, but well worth the effort. We stayed in Montrose, so it was easier for us to do the north rim on a separate day. The drive from Delta is gorgeous, through fruit orchards and pastureland. As you wind through the start of the mountain range, the rock... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015 via mobile

Take time to head to the north rim. Much better overlooks of the canyon and less crowded (not the south rim is crazed). Bring a bike and go from ranger office down the whole overlook road.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2015

The first half of the trail has nice views of the canyon then it's through the trees which is nice on a hot day. Once you see the sign "Exclamation Point", keep following the trail to the end. You have the most beautiful unobstructed view of the river directly below.

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