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Black Canyon National Park

Take A Hike | Black Canyon Edition

@kirbymwade

RIM ROCK
NATURE TRAIL

WARNER POINT
NATURE TRAIL

CEDAR POINT
NATURE TRAIL

1-MILE ROUND TRIP EASY

1 1/2-MILES ROUND TRIP MODERATE

2/3-MILE ROUND TRIP EASY

As its name implies, this self-guided
nature trail takes you along a relatively
flat path following the rim of the
canyon. Along this sunny route, you
will encounter a variety of plant life
from sagebrush and gambel oak to
pinyon pine and Utah juniper. This
trail allows many excellent views of
the Gunnison River as well as the sheer
walls of the canyon.

You can pick up a trail guide at the
High Point Overlook or the South Rim
Visitor Center. Along this trail, you
will find shady benches that allow you
to rest among mountain mahogany,
serviceberry, pinyon pine, and juniper.
Looking south you can see the San Juan
Mountain Range, Uncompahgre Valley,
and Bostwick Park. To the northeast,
look for the West Elk Mountains, and,
at the end of the trail, enjoy the views
of the Gunnison River and the Black
Canyon. Pets are not allowed.

An excellent place for trekkers to
brush up on the local flora, this short,
sunny, moderately sloped trail offers
guideposts describing the various plants
along the way. At the end of the route
are two overlooks offering breathtaking
views of the river more than 2,000 feet
below. Also visible is the famous Painted
Wall, the tallest cliff in Colorado (2,250
feet), as well as rock islands jutting up
from the depths of the canyon.

OAK FLAT LOOP TRAIL
2-MILES ROUND TRIP DIFFICULT

@shellidelgado

The Oak Flat Loop Trail offers variety
to the hiker who would like to explore
below the rim without taking on the
challenge of hiking to the river. Parents
should be aware that the trail is narrow
in places and traverses some steep
slopes. Pets are not allowed.

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