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11 mi 17 km of trail 2 Recommended Routes

Gems 3 Gems Easy Trails 6 Trails Intermediate Trails 2 Trails Hard Trails 5 Trails

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Gems in South Rim - 3

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gem Favorite Painted Wall at Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP

Painted Wall Overlook

(15) Montrose, CO
gem Favorite Gunnison River flowing.

Warner Point

(6) Montrose, CO
gem Favorite U.S. Route 50 Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Pulpit Rock Overlook

(8) Montrose, CO

Recommended Routes in South Rim - 2

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Favorite Gunnison Point overlook. A short walk from the visitor center.
Intermediate

Rimrock to Uplands Loop

2.2 mi 3.5 km 404' Up 123.12 m Up 406' Down 123.82 m Down

Montrose, CO
Favorite Looking out at the Adobes and Elephant Skin Road. The trail drops steeply down to the right.
Intermediate/Difficult

Red Rock Canyon Route

6.5 mi 10.4 km 1,320' Up 402.37 m Up 1,319' Down 402.13 m Down

Montrose, CO

Trails in South Rim - 11

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0.6 mi 1.0 km #1Gunnison Route
Very Difficult
Montrose, CO
Very Difficult
Montrose, CO 12 
0.8 mi 1.3 km #2Warner Point Nature Trail
Intermediate
Montrose, CO
Intermediate
Montrose, CO 14 
0.9 mi 1.4 km #3Rim Rock Nature Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Montrose, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Montrose, CO
1.6 mi 2.5 km #4Warner Route
Very Difficult
Montrose, CO
Very Difficult
Montrose, CO
0.3 mi 0.4 km #5Devils Lookout Trail
Intermediate
Montrose, CO
Intermediate
Montrose, CO
0.6 mi 1.0 km #6Tomichi Route
Very Difficult
Montrose, CO
Very Difficult
Montrose, CO
0.4 mi 0.7 km #7East Portal Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Montrose, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Montrose, CO
1.3 mi 2.1 km #8Oak Flat Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Montrose, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Montrose, CO
1.3 mi 2.1 km #9Devil's Backbone Route
Difficult
Montrose, CO
Difficult
Montrose, CO
2.0 mi 3.3 km #10North River Route
Difficult
Montrose, CO
Difficult
Montrose, CO
0.9 mi 1.4 km #11Uplands Trail
Easy
Montrose, CO
Easy
Montrose, CO

Photos of South Rim - 39

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The sunset view into the Black Canyon of the Gunnison looks a bit too similar to the Mountains of Shadow in Mordor.
Jul 12, 2018 near Montrose, CO
Kmeg and Millie hanging out on the rim of the Black Canyon of Gunnison.
Apr 11, 2016 near Montrose, CO
Black Canyon of the Gunnison from the South Chasm Viewpoint.
Feb 18, 2016 near Montrose, CO
A wonderful contrast between the depths of the Black Canyon of the Gunnsion and the grasslands and blue skies above.
Jul 12, 2018 near Montrose, CO
Painted Wall at Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP
Jan 28, 2016 near Montrose, CO
U.S. Route 50 Colorado Black Canyon Painted Wall
Mar 26, 2020 near Montrose, CO
U.S. Route 50 Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Mar 26, 2020 near Montrose, CO
Impressive views from the Painted Wall overlook.
Dec 20, 2016 near Montrose, CO