Ranger Guided Snowshoe Walks

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Snowshoe Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am (90 minutes)

generally mid-January to late February or early March

Join us for an introduction to snowshoeing, as part of a winter ranger program about Black Canyon. Snowshoe with a ranger among the oaks, open meadows and along the canyon rim of the Black Canyon. No experience necessary to participate. Snowshoes are available to use, free of charge, for these programs. Reservations recommended (see below). Program may be changed to a talk or canceled if conditions are not acceptable.

 

Know Before You Go

Ranger-led snowshoe walks can be considered “moderately strenuous” but are open to all skill levels. Ranger-led snowshoe programs may or may not follow a trail. The exact route can vary with snow, weather conditions, and participant skill level. 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 two hours at 8,000' elevation.

Reservations

Programs are free, but reservations are strongly recommended due to limited equipment supplies. Please contact the park by email; reservations open a week prior. For groups of 6 or more and school groups, please contact the park at least two weeks prior to see if we can accommodate your group.

Bring the essentials

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. Sleds are not allowed.

Directions and Parking

Park at the South Rim Visitor Center and meet at the start of the South Rim Ski and Snowshoe Trail 15 minutes before the program. Park entrance fees apply.

Last updated: May 29, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

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

Gunnison, CO 81230

Phone:

970-641-2337

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