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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.  They will NOT work on Google Maps or Apple Maps.


    If you plan on using a smartphone app, we recommend the REVER app.  REVER will work with both Android and iOS and in addition to navigation it has many other great features.


    For best results in REVER, download the route to your computer first, then import into your smartphone.  Turn by turn may not work, so we recommend that you utilize the "Follow the Line" option. 


    You can get 20% off your first year’s subscription to REVER by following THIS LINK.

    AND using this coupon code at checkout:  Driftlessforless.


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