Southwest Colorado

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Southwest Colorado - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • Bicycling

    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. ...

  • Bird-Watching

    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...

  • Fishing

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

  • Hiking

    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

    Tours and Outfitters Elk Ridge Ranch and Trail Rides. You can take 90-minute and two-hour rides at this ranch. Elk Ridge also offers a half...

  • 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...