Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument Off The Beaten Path

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    Hot Spring Heaven

    by RebeccaParker Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Looking down on Ourey from Red Mountain Pass

    If your willing to drive a couple of hours through awesome scenery to Ourey, you will come accross a great little town with some of the best hot springs in Colorado. The town itself is a small treasure, it has small shops ranging from souvenirs to homemade treasures, treats and ice cream. But, you'll think you've died and gone to heaven if you take the time to soak in the natural mineral pools. There are several locations to choose from. We found that Ourey hot springs on the right before you get into town to be the most relaxing if you are a couple without kids. They offer several pools and have very well maintained gardens, as well as private tubs at no addtional cost. They also provide complementary beverages and snacks, not to mention the full locker room. Do be advised that this is a clothing optional hot spring. This does not mean you have to go naked, but others will be. If you feel more comfortable there are public pools in town where suits are required at all times. Take a short drive through Ourey and go up Red Mountain Pass, you won't be disappointed.

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    Hiking the Inner Canyon

    by KiKitC Written Oct 5, 2007

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    from the park website

    There are NO maintained or MARKED trails into the inner canyon. Routes are difficult to follow, and only individuals in excellent physical condition should attempt these hikes. Hikers are expected to find their own way and to be prepared for self-rescue.

    Wilderness permits are required for accessing the inner canyons, they are free. See the website for more information...

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    Hiking the North Rim

    by KiKitC Written Oct 5, 2007

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    Chasm View Nature Trail
    Moderate - 1/3 mile round trip
    Trail is located at the end of the one-way campground loop.
    North Chasm View, some 1800 feet above the river and views of Painted Wall and Serpent Point.

    North Vista Trail
    Moderate to Exclamation Point - 3 miles round trip
    Strenuous to Green Mountain - 7 miles round trip
    Constructed by volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, the North Vista Trail offers some of the best scenic views and birding in the Park.

    Start this trail at the North Rim Ranger Station.

    Deadhorse Trail
    Easy to moderate - 5 miles round trip
    This trail offers good views of Deadhorse gulch and East Portal on the Gunnison River.

    Park at the Kneeling Camel Overlook and walk a few yards east to a spur road that leads to the old Ranger Station. The trail, actually an old service road, begins here.

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    Hiking on the South Rim

    by KiKitC Updated Oct 5, 2007

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    Rim Rock Nature Trail
    Moderate - self guided - 1 mile round trip

    The trailhead is near the entrance to Campground Loop C and ends at the Tomichi Point Overlook.

    Oak Flat Loop Trail
    Strenuous - 2 miles round trip - narrow and steep
    Hikes the rim, not the challening drop to the river.

    The trail begins near the Visitor Center.

    Cedar Point Nature Trail
    Easy - 2/3 mile round trip
    Visible is the famous Painted Wall, the tallest cliff in Colorado (2,250 ft)

    Warner Point Nature Trail
    Moderate - 1.5 miles round trip
    For a detailed guide of flora and points of interest, "explore" this guidebook...available on his website...Warner Point Nature Trail Guide

    For more information on these trails, visit the park's website

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    Round the bend into a whole new world

    by RebeccaParker Written Dec 5, 2004

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    Hidden Trail

    There is a small trail along the left side of the river out the far end of the campground. You would think it ends at the bend, but take the time to look a little closer. It winds around the bend, hugging close to the Canyon wall. It gives you the opportunity to view the river and Canyon undisturbed for the most part. You may see some fly fishers, but they tend to be quiet and they're also in the middle of the river. The birds are swooping down to catch the bugs off the river and it is a very serene and peaceful experience.

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    go to the north rim

    by orke Written Oct 28, 2004

    we visited the north rim which is less touristic forst and then drove all the way to the south rim (it is a really long drive)

    if u have time for only one of them - u must go to the north rim - much nicer views there and less people (only thing - road is worse than the south rim but thats ok)

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