Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Sights

The scenic South and North Rim roads offer deep and distant views into the canyon. Both also offer several lookout points and short hiking trails along the rim. The trails that go down into the canyon are steep and strenuous, and essentially unmarked, and so are reserved for experienced (and very fit) hikers.

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Chasm and Painted Wall Views

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

At the heart-in-your-throat Chasm viewpoint, the canyon walls plummet 1,820 feet to the river, but are only 1,100 feet apart at the top.

Crawford State Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

The focus of this 337-acre park is Crawford Reservoir, created in 1963 when a dam was built to increase the supply of irrigated water...

Curecanti National Recreation Area

  • Marina/Pier/Dock

This sprawling recreation area, named in honor of a Ute Indian sub-chief, stretches for 40 miles along U.S. 50, between Gunnison and...

East Portal

  • Restaurant–Sight

This picnic area, located at the bottom of the canyon, accommodates large groups. There are tables, fire grates, bathrooms, and a large...

East Portal Road

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

The only way to access the Gunnison River from the park by car is via this paved route, which drops approximately 2,000 feet down to...

High Point

  • Restaurant–Sight

When the sun is unforgiving, this overlook offers more shade than most of the other picnic areas. There are tables and bathrooms but...

Narrows View

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Look upriver from this North Rim viewing spot and you'll be able to see into the canyon's narrowest section, just a slot really, with...

North Rim Ranger Station

  • Information Center

This small facility on the park's North Rim is open only in summer. Rangers can provide information and assistance and can issue permits...

North Rim Road

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

Black Canyon's North Rim is much less frequented, but no less spectacular—the walls here are near vertical—than the South Rim. To...

North and South Rim campgrounds

  • Restaurant–Sight

Feel free to use unoccupied camping sites for picnicking. There are tables, fire grates, and bathrooms. ...