Current Conditions


Trail and oaks covered by snow, wooden Uplands Trail sign
Trail conditions change quickly as winter approaches.

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Trail Conditions on the South Rim

Update 2/6/2023

  • Approximate snow depth is 32 inches. 3.5" of fresh snow was measured on the morning of 2/6.
  • The South Rim Ski Trail is open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Last groomed on 2/6.
    • Grooming can only happen after a fresh snow, so we appreciate everyone’s help in using the lane that matches your chosen activity to keep it in good shape. When groomed, a double classic track runs to Pulpit Rock, and a single classic track continues to High Point. A skate lane runs the entire way, and there is plenty of room for snowshoers on the north side of the trail. Pets and vehicles (including bicycles) are not permitted.
  • Uplands and Rim Rock Trails are covered with packed snow. Extra traction or snowshoes recommended.
  • Oak Flat Loop is covered with packed snow. Watch for soft, deep snow on either side of the trail. The recommended direction of travel is clockwise. This allows for going down gradually and coming back up the steepest and slickest section. Extra traction or snowshoes recommended.

Weather Forecast for Black Canyon

Weather forecast at the South Rim Visitor Center (elevation ~8,000 feet) from the National Weather Service

Gunnison River Water Flow Data

Information from the USGS on Gunnison River flow below the Gunnison Tunnel


Gunnison Point

View of Gunnison Point overlook from South Rim Visitor Center.

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Grizzly Ridge

View from near the South Rim Campground looking towards Grizzly Ridge on the North Rim.

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Last updated: February 6, 2023

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

Gunnison , CO 81230



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