Many trails pass by steep dropoffs, so be cautious and keep a close watch on children.
Hikers should be aware that limited cattle grazing is permitted on the North Rim. Please keep cattle gates closed should you encounter them.
BE BEAR AWARE. Bears have made amazing efforts to obtain hikers' snacks. A bear that becomes habituated to humans and their food will ultimately need to be destroyed. Keep your backpack within arms reach at all times.
Rim Rock Nature Trail
Moderate - 1 mile round trip
The trailhead is near the entrance to Campground Loop C and ends at the South Rim Visitor Center. From approximately June 1 to August 10, dogs are not allowed on the Rim Rock Trail due to potentially aggressive deer protecting their fawns.
Oak Flat Loop Trail
Strenuous - 2 miles round trip
The trail begins near the Visitor Center. Go a short distance to the Oak Flat Loop sign and follow the trail which leads right. Descend through a grove of aspen to another signed junction. Turn left here to continue on the Oak Flat Loop Trail and into the Black Canyon of the Gunnison Wilderness Area. The trail meanders through a thicket of Gambel Oak and then heads west where it begins its ascent through a forest of Douglas fir, Aspen, and chokecherry.
Cedar Point Nature Trail
Easy - 2/3 mile round trip
Warner Point Nature Trail
Moderate - 1.5 miles round trip
Chasm View Nature Trail
Moderate - 1/3 mile round trip
North Vista Trail
Moderate to Exclamation Point - 3 miles round trip
Start this trail at the North Rim Ranger Station. After passing through an area of sage and oak brush, the trail meanders in a pinyon/juniper forest along the canyon's rim. Several overlooks offer views of SOB draw and the inner canyon. At Exclamation Point some of the best inner-canyon views can be found. Those continuing to Green Mountain will be rewarded by panoramic vistas, including the San Juan Mountains, the West Elks, Grand Mesa, the Uncompahgre Plateau, and an aerial perspective of the Black Canyon.
Easy to moderate - 5 miles round trip
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. After 3/4 of a mile the road passes a stock pond. This pond is fed by one of the few springs found on the rim of the Black Canyon. Continue on another 1 1/2 mile until you encounter a stock fence. Turn right (south) here and walk 1/4 mile along the fence until you come to the canyon's rim. Deadhorse Gulch is the large side drainage located just east of the overlook (and the fence).
Last updated: August 18, 2020