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Worth a trip down if you have time

All the viewpoints on the South Rim are very easily accessed from the road and a short walk. You... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chicago, Illinois
Beautiful, worth the drive.

When you visit the Black Canyon of the Gunnison you must absolutely drive this road. It ends at the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lecompton, Kansas
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, CO
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Reviewed 1 week ago

All the viewpoints on the South Rim are very easily accessed from the road and a short walk. You access the East Portal Road just beyond the visitor checkpoint. It’s going to take over an hour to drive down and back up the steep, windy...More

Thank chitownsam
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Based on good reviews here, we drove down to the bottom. You can see the river and cliffs there. For some reason, I was not impressed. The views along the south rim was much better in my opinion. If time is limited, I would skip...More

Thank LisaMNUSA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When you visit the Black Canyon of the Gunnison you must absolutely drive this road. It ends at the river’s edge but you will experience a breathtaking view. We planned ahead and took a picnic lunch which we enjoyed along the river bank. This road...More

Thank cdlc130
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took a walk on the river at the bottom of the road, beautiful and calming. Drive a bit more at bottom of canyon and see power dam.

Thank Bear C
Reviewed 26 August 2018

Pretty exciting drive down to the river, do not get in hurry going this road. Theres not many guard rails to keep you from plummeting to the bottom. Beautiful views and interesting geology.

Thank Shipbird1969
Reviewed 20 August 2018

It's nice that there is a road to the bottom but it wasn't made for us. The road was made for the dam was constructed upstream that diverts water through a 6 mile tunnel to a dry region. Easy to access fishing spots. Fish are...More

Thank John Y
Reviewed 27 July 2018

We live in the NC mountains, but this was still an exciting drive. It was interesting to be able to get down to the river we had looked at from above.

Thank Julie S
Reviewed 20 July 2018

It’s hard to get a good idea of just how deep the canyon is from the rim. If you have time drive to the bottom. There is a picnic area down there and you can eat by the river. You can also get some great...More

Thank Sarahannelle
Reviewed 7 July 2018

It felt unbelievable that there could be a road that allows visitors to drive to the bottom of the canyon, but it actually exists. It's a steep, winding, paved drive -- worth the wear and tear on the brakes.

Thank Robert R
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

This drive down to the bottom of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison was a twisting, turning drive full of amazing views. When we pulled up at the ranger station to show our annual park pass, the lady there was very friendly and told us...More

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