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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Travel Guide

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Sports & Activities

Uncover sports & activities in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park with our insider's guide.

Rock Climbing

For expert rock climbers, the sheer cliffs of the Black Canyon represent one of Colorado's premier big-wall challenges. Some routes can take...

Winter Sports

From late November to early April, South Rim Road is not plowed past the visitor center, offering park guests a unique opportunity to cross...


Bikes are not permitted on any of the trails, but cycling along South Rim or North Rim Roads is a great way to view the park. ...


The sheer cliffs of Black Canyon, though not suited for human habitation, provide a great habitat for birds. Peregrine falcons, white-throated...

Boating and Kayaking

With Class V rapids, the Gunnison River is one of the premier kayak challenges in North America. The spectacular 14-mile stretch of the river...


The three dams built upriver from the park in Curecanti National Recreation Area have created prime trout fishing in the waters below. Certain...


All trails can be hot in summer and most don't receive much shade, so bring water, a hat, and plenty of sunscreen. Dogs are permitted, on leash...

Horseback Riding

Although its name might indicate otherwise, Deadhorse Trail is actually the only trail in the park where horses are allowed. The trail is an...



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