Join a Ranger Guided Snowshoe Walk

Snowshoer hikes along tree-lined trail with views of canyon.

Snowshoe Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 pm until March 6th, 90-minute program

Join us for an introduction to snowshoeing while learning about Black Canyon. Snowshoe with a ranger among the oaks, open meadows and along the canyon rim of the Black Canyon. No special skill needed to participate. Snowshoes are available to use, free of charge, for these programs. Reservations required. Reservations for the weekend are available the Thursday beforehand at 10:00 am. Program may be changed to a talk or canceled if conditions are not acceptable.

 
Two pairs of snowshoes facing each other.

Family-Focused Snowshoe Walk

Saturdays at 10:30 am until March 6th, 90-minute program

Activity for kids and family! No special skill needed to participate. Snowshoes are available to use, free of charge, for these programs. Reservations required. Reservations for the weekend are available the Thursday beforehand at 10:00 am. Program may be changed to a talk or canceled if conditions are not acceptable.

 

General Information about Snowshoe Walks

  • Ranger-led snowshoe walks can be considered “moderately strenuous” but are open to all skill levels (Beginners are welcome!).
  • Appropriate clothing is essential; this includes water-resistant hiking boots or snow boots, layered clothing, and water/wind resistant outer layers, hats, and gloves. Sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Water resistant hiking boots or snow boots are required.
  • Ranger-led snowshoe programs don’t follow a trail. The exact route can vary with snow and weather conditions. The program time is generally 90 minutes and the distance travelled is about one mile. However, be prepared to stay outside in winter conditions for up to 2 hours.
  • Participants must have a baseline fitness level that allows them to snowshoe approximately one mile over hilly terrain at 8,000 feet of elevation. One mile of snowshoeing is more strenuous than a typical hike in the park.
  • All snowshoe programs are conducted by National Park Service park rangers and volunteers.
  • Snowshoes are provided for free to program participants. Please arrive 15 minutes early to start getting your equipment on.
  • Snowshoe programs may be cancelled at the last minute due to poor weather or snow conditions.
  • All ranger-led snowshoe walks are by reservation. Please contact the South Rim Visitor Center in person or by phone. Space is limited, but it may be possible to join the same day.

Last updated: March 17, 2022

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

Gunnison , CO 81230

Phone:

970-641-2337

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