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.
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.