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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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You have come this far, make the time to see the north rim. The dirt road to it and in it is easily passable with a car. The views are much better than the south rim as you can... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
nriemen
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Winchester, Virginia
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Winchester, Virginia
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632 reviews
476 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 322 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You have come this far, make the time to see the north rim. The dirt road to it and in it is easily passable with a car. The views are much better than the south rim as you can see deeper in to the canyon. Only a few overlooks so you won't spend much time here but it way less... More 

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Austin, Texas
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60 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

If you find Crawford, CO on the map, then you'll find Black Canyon easily. The differences between the more heavily visited South Rim (near Montrose) than the North Rim are that the views are more spectacular, less people and gravel roads. So many people I've met here say that if you need to 'get away' this is THE place in... More 

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2 Thank LORI A
Cary, NC
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437 reviews
100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016

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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2 Thank viperflt
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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93 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 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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3 Thank justxlns
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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477 reviews
132 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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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1 Thank Jim R
Denver, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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4 Thank Dave V
Frederick
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179 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
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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2 Thank MouseDance
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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1,068 reviews
497 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 433 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 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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7 Thank rollngstone
whitewater colorado
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229 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 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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1 Thank tiburondelnorte
Kent, Washington
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459 reviews
146 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 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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