Black Canyon

Black Canyon (Gunnison)

  • North Rim: The National Park Service (http://www.nps.gov/blca/planyourvisit/directions.htm) reads that “from CO Highway 92, turn west on Black Canyon Road approximately 3 miles south of Crawford. Follow the road signs to the park. The last 7 miles are unpaved.”
    • The unpaved section is easy for any 2wd car with decent shocks to handle.  We had a 2003 Toyota 4Runner (9.1″ clearance) and that was unnecessary, but we were taking a tour across the mountains and needed the clearance for the Yankee Boy Basin trail to reach Mt. Sneffels.
    • If anyone wants a word document describing the 7 day trip my family took around western CO in the mountains, just drop a comment and I’d be happy to share.  It was the best road trip I’ve ever taken!
  • Lots of drive-up sections and camp sites around the rim, you have to walk about 1/3 of a mile to reach the rim from where they allow cars to park.
See?  No problem for a 2wd car!  It really doesn't get much harder than this, a bit of rocks sticking out and some washboards, but nothing technical at all
See? No problem for a 2wd car! It really doesn’t get much harder than this, a bit of rocks sticking out and some washboards, but nothing technical at all

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A view on the way to Black Canyon from the highway
A view on the way to Black Canyon from the highway

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You can hike to a guard rail that drops off super steep, but I pushed on it pretty hard and it kept our weight no problem.  10604628_880439125318770_7562155506818461111_o

It is a great detour for a half day, if that, if you are in the area.  We caught this on our way from Gunnison to Ouray.  It is amazing.  If I recall, it is actually deeper that the Grand Canyon, but not as wide nor as long.  It is far less popular than the Grand Canyon, which makes for a nicer time in my opinion.

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