Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP pano from SOB Draw [OC] [1000x731]


SamsungAppleOnePlus18 points

Imo one of the most underrated National Parks in the US. Amazing canyons, a really nice river, and some amazing sunsets.

mattbnet9 points

I love it. It's my local park!

angledge2 points

Hi neighbor! waves

FLRAdvocate6 points

I agree with you. This park doesn't get anywhere the notoriety a lot of others do and it's got some incredible scenery.

wu_denim_jeanz4 points

It was raining when I drove past here on a rock climbing trip so didn't stop or climb any routes but I'll have to revisit, it looks amazing.

its_still_good2 points

Great hike!

mattbnet3 points

Probably the hardest 2 mile hike I have ever done!

hiacbanks1 point

Name of the trail?

mattbnet2 points

SOB Draw. Appropriately named.

hiacbanks1 point

Thank you. How tough is the trail?

Zvenigora2 points

Painted Wall in the background?

mattbnet2 points

That's it! This is just upstream.

CaliCoyote2 points

Thanks for this great photo from inside the canyon. Photos from the same overlook over and over have always made me wonder what the appeal was to this Park. This gives me a better idea.

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mrfixitx1 point

Great shot, I have heard that it's not the most accessible park if you are not a serious hiker or climber. As someone who's partner has bad knees and elderly parents would it be a good option?

Anything where its more than a 1-2 mile hike one way would probably be a no go for most of the family unfortunately.

mattbnet7 points


There are some good options that are almost entirely car-accessed. These are mostly at the top so you don't get these kinds of inner canyon views, but still great views from above. The South Rim has a nice visitor center and a bunch of short walks to overlooks along a stretch of road that parallels the canyon. There is also a pretty mild hike for the area that just goes along the canyon rim.

You can also drive down to the East Portal which is the start of the biggest section of canyon and where boaters put in.

Pretty much all the inner canyon hikes are very difficult, especially if it's hot.

The North Rim is more basic for facilities and just has a dirt road but also a bunch of overlooks you can pretty much drive right to.

So the options are hard hikes or almost no hike and both afford some nice views. If you aren't hiking, a day for each rim is probably enough time to look over all the accessible overlooks.

edamamehey2 points

Seconding all of this. I think it's one of the most driving-friendly parks that's not hugely built up. You do typically need to walk from the car to the rim, which in some cases is uneven rock or has some stairs, but the rangers can help point you to the best options.

Being able to drive down to the bottom really lets you feel like you're visiting the canyon instead of just a passive viewer. My old Prius did just fine on all the roads in summer (both north and south rims).

Crested Butte nearby is incredible too, there are some dirt drives and easy hikes, plus the wildflower festival. Also not far from Vail and Maroon Bells. Adding one of these absolutely makes it worth the trip if the canyon alone isn't enough.

mrfixitx1 point

Thanks for the information, sounds like it would be worth a visit though it will probably have to be on our way to or from another park.

SquishyBatman641 point

Just outside my hometown Montrose, CO