An underrated yet strikingly beautiful national park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park has much to offer. Located in southwestern Colorado, the park is defined by the massive 12-mile gorge it surrounds. If it’s your first time visiting the park, you’ll want to make sure to check out the main points of interest.
South Rim Road
This magnificently scenic drive is an absolute must for all park visitors. Drive along the south rim of the canyon and experience jaw-dropping, vertigo-inducing views as you look down over the steep canyon walls into the gorge below. The drive is seven miles long with twelve scenic overlooks along the way.
East Portal Road
East Portal Road is five miles long and travels all the way down into the canyon stopping at the Gunnison River. View Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park from a completely new perspective when you stand at the bottom and look up towards the steep canyon walls.
Warner Point Trail
A 1.5-mile round trip hike around the canyon, the Warner Point Trail offers breathtaking views of the park and is great for all skill levels. As you hike, you’ll be amazed by the sheer magnitude of the gorge and you’ll be breathless as you peer down into the steep canyon.
North Vista Trail
One of the lesser explored trails in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, North Vista Trail offers spectacular views overlooking the canyon. You’re not likely to encounter too many other visitors along this trail, making it an ideal natural respite.
South Rim Visitor Center
Head over to the South Rim Visitor Center for information about the park, its trails, and its rich history. Here you’ll have the opportunity to chat with park rangers about where to go and what to see, and you may even learn about a hidden gem in the park as well. The visitor center offers maps, an informational video, and spectacular views of the canyon.