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The views are unique and spectacular!
Roads are steep, windy and have sheer cliffs
In a nutshell
Unlike ANY landscape I've seen...unique
When you turn off the main highway onto the road that leads to the Canyon there is a good size gift shop with several small buildings all packed full of overpriced items. They do have some very nice things, but they do not have a public restroom, so don't even try.
Unique Suggestions: If you end up here try to think about what your purchasing, a lot of things can be found by you in the Canyon for free. Try to look beyond the polished, shinny surface of that rock or trinket and think how much more memorable it would be if you found it and took it home to polish it yourself. They do offer some nice books on the history of the area and the formation of the Canyon. We purchased a cheap map that gave a lot of history and facts, that was very interesting.
Fun Alternatives: It's a nice place to window shop, put for purchasing your better off making the half hour to forty minute drive into Montrose and shopping at the larger stores.
Written Dec 5, 2004
Luggage and bags: Make sure you have all your gear. Don't forget the little things like matches, garbage bags, camp fire wood, cloth line, and utensils.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack both summer and winter cloths, remember this is Colorado, it could change on a drop of a dime. Besides the nights are always on the cool side.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There is toilet paper in the outhouses, but it's still a good idea to bring back up. Always have a complete first aid kit when camping, hiking, or spending any time in the woods.
Photo Equipment: You have to take lots of pictures, it's to beautiful not to. Bring a tri pod, if you have one, so you can get family shots.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Don't forget your cooking supplies. Cutting board, sharp knife, wash basin and soap. Aluminum foil is a most. Also, don't forget towels, washcloths, and napkins.
Miscellaneous: Make sure to think of lighting- both flashlights and lanterns. Dirty laundry bag wouldn't be a bad idea. Anitbacterial waterless soap is always good. There are no stores, keep that in mind when packing. The closest would be atleast half hour drive.
Updated Dec 5, 2004
The majority of the longer hiking trails are located on the North Rim. I did not go there. Most of the trails along the southern rim merely lead from parking areas to the viewpoints. There are trails to Warner Point and the Oak Flat Loop on the South Rim that are longer.
Equipment: Good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, water, weather appropriate clothing.
Written Nov 4, 2011
Address: 102 Elk Creek, Gunnison, Colorado 81230
Phone: (970) 641-2337