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Gunnison Diversion Dam

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, CO
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Super Cool

Came down after hiking all day up in the south rim, was nervous about the way down, but loved it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Melissa C
via mobile
This was a fun trip to the bottom of the Canyon.

You can stop in several places along the drive to the dam to watch/trout fish, or dip your feet... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
David A
Ankeny, United States
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Dam built to divert water to farmers.
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  • Very good12%
  • Average25%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, CO
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came down after hiking all day up in the south rim, was nervous about the way down, but loved it. This was super cool and neat!

Thank Melissa C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can stop in several places along the drive to the dam to watch/trout fish, or dip your feet into the cold water and instantly shrink your size 10's to a size 9! Beautiful area.

Thank David A
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Once one drives down the steep, winding East Portal Road to river level, one will be greeted by the Gunnison Diversion Dam where there is a picnic area with parking and pit toilets so one can stop and take a better look. The dam itself...More

Thank Steve1362
Reviewed 5 November 2016

The drive down to the river is steep. Make sure you use low gear on the way down. It gets you to the river by Crystal Dam. The view from the bottom in this section is not dramatic but if you have an hour or...More

Thank viperflt
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Drove to the bottom on a motorcycle! Very steep and sharp turns. I think the grade was 16%. Definitely will test your skills! The beauty when you get down is so pretty and amazing. Different park from the rest. I liked it.

Thank Kelli M
Reviewed 18 November 2015

One of the rewards for making the steep and windy drive down the canyon wall is seeing the place where water is diverted through the canyon wall and into the farm and ranch land for irrigation. Good signage here to explain; more at the visitor's...More

Thank Lissa M
Reviewed 17 October 2015

We were on a bus tour and visited Black Canyon of the Gunnison Natl Park. It was pretty, but hard to imagine the complete idea because you saw such a small area of the canyon.

Thank TillieMToiler
Reviewed 30 September 2015

Great "diversion " from the routine sights at the National Parks System....Shows what good fortune the folks in western Colorado and points south had when they went ahead & built the water tunnell !

Thank Norm BEAR L
Reviewed 23 April 2015

Seeing the dam is your reward for having driven down the very long and steep road to get to it. The area is so calm and peaceful and lacking in people. After being to the Big 5, we cherished the experience of the dam with...More

2  Thank barbaragwen270
Reviewed 1 February 2015

It's quite a drive down from the top to the river. Make sure you have good tires and brakes. By the time we got to the bottom and parked by the picnic tables we had to put the hood of our car up and wait...More

Thank Cheryl D
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