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The Black Canyon Loop is a beautiful ride in Southwest Colorado in and around Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.  This route starts in Montrose, Colorado and heads straight to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP.  Inside the park are two spur roads that take rides to beautiful overlooks and vistas.  Even though the entire park is paved, be aware that the road to Crystal Dam is steep and narrow.


Upon leaving the park this route travels East and upstream to Morrow Point Dam and beyond to cross the Gunnison River at Blue Mesa Reservoir.  After crossing the river, the route heads West and hugs the North Side of Black Canyon.


Cross the high plains back to Montrose.


Location:  Southwest Colorado

Approximate Mileage:  175 miles

Estimated Riding Time:  4.25 Hours 

Surface:  Paved.




  • Montrose - Black Canyon of the Gunnison, South Rim Viewpoint, Pulpit Rock Overlook, Black Canyon Visitor Center, Crystal Dam
  • Cimarron - Cimarron Canyon Rail Exhibit, Morrow Point Dam, Hermits Rest Picnic Area
  • Gunnison - Pioneer Lookout Point
  • Crawford - Crawford State Park


Motorcycle Rides, Colorado, Montrose, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Crawford, Hotchkiss, Burgess, Olathe

Black Canyon Loop

  • If you are riding with a group, we ask that every person using our route for navigation purchase their own copy.


    In order to encourage this, we are happy to offer a discount for group purchases. Please contact us after purchasing 1 item at full price, and we will set up a coupon code that will give everyone in your group 50% off of the same item.

  •  Our digital routes are designed to operate in most GPS devices. In addition to GPSs, our routes should work with several smartphone apps.


    We have tested many Smartphone Apps and here is what we have found:


    Please Note

    • Some Smartphone Apps require a paid version to allow importing routes.
    • Testing was for ‘Follow the Line” only, not “Turn by Turn”.
    • If you use an app not listed below, let us know and we will try to test it for you.
    • We are not experts on Smartphone Apps. We will try to answer any and all questions, but there may be better resources online.


    Apps That Will Work With Our Routes:


    • REVER
    • Scenic (IOS Only)
    • Kurviger (Android Only)
    • Detecht
    • OsmAnd
    • Avenza
    • Calimoto
    • Gaia
    • Ride with GPS
    • GPS Tracks
    • InRoute
    • Harley Davidson
    • Indian Ride Command
    • My Triumph
    • GPX Viewer 2
    • Garmin Explore


    Apps That Will NOT Work With Our Routes:


    • Google Maps
    • Apple Maps
    • Waze
    • Riser
    • ESR (Eat Sleep Ride)
    • RoadTrippers
    • Sygic
    • Guru
    • Road Warrior Route Planner


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