Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the South Rim and North Rim?
The South Rim has more services, facilities and overlooks, and provides better views of the Painted Wall. The North Rim is accessed via a gravel road, has no visitor center, but does provide better views into the narrowest part of the canyon.

How do I get to the other side of the canyon?
There is no bridge between the South and North Rims. Allow two to three hours to drive from one side to the other.

Do people really hike to the river?
Yes, but the routes are extremely difficult and unmaintained.
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I don't want to hike. How do I get to the river?
East Portal Road, which is a 16% grade. No vehicles longer than 22 feet are allowed.

When does East Portal Road open?
Typically East Portal Road is open by mid-April, and closes beginning to mid-November.

Where is the boat tour?
The Morrow Point Boat Tour happens in our neighbor park to the east, Curecanti National Recreation Area.
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Where can I have a picnic?
On the South Rim, picnic tables are available at Gunnison Point, Pulpit Rock, Sunset View, High Point and East Portal. On the North Rim, you are welcome to picnic at an unoccupied campsite.

What is that black and white bird with the long tail?
Black-billed Magpie

How much does it snow at the canyon?
Our records are incomplete, but in past winters the average snowfall has been between 8 to 8.5 feet.

Last updated: October 25, 2019

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

102 Elk Creek
(GPS/physical address = 9800 Highway 347, Montrose, CO)

Gunnison, CO 81230



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