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3   in Colorado Colorado32 Miles

Motorcycle Roads The Black Canyon Run

By Hispanic Slammer
on May 1, 2006

4.9out of 5

14 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Start your route in the town of Sapinero, CO (which is about about 30 miles west of Gunnison, CO). From Sapinero just head west on Highway 92 as it travels into the Curecanti National Recreaction Area and take it all the way up towards Crawford, CO..

Scenery

The scenery ranges from scrub desert to alpine aspen groves, with spectacular views of the incredible Black Canyon down below. It begins at the Blue Mesa Reservoir and rides along a shelf of mesas and mountains sides diving in and out of canyons for miles and miles. Make sure you bring your camera for this one!

Road Quality

This road is fantastically twisty, 32 miles of turns up and down mountainsides it is quite simply the best road in Colorado for riding a motorcycle.

Roadside Amenities

Gas/Food/Lodging can be found in Gunnison or Crawford, at both ends of the Canyon there are scenic overlooks and pull offs, traffic is generally light, most traffic is there to see the deep section of the Black Canyon and its sheer 1000 foot rock cliffs. You really should venture off the main road near Crawford for ten minutes on dirt roads, or pay to see the South rim off hwy 50. Either way, Hwy 92 is mighty spectacular all on its own.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By GJRonK
on September 23, 2014 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

It's the variety here that makes this route so great. I suggest starting in Hotchkiss so you're on the canyon side and easier to view down. One rides from fertile farmland/pasture to close-up forests of conifers, mountain mahogany, and aspen to sheer cliff views down into the dark igneous rock of the Black Canyon. The ten miles along the canyon are not for beginners due to the intimidation factor.

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By Guest
on December 13, 2008 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Touring

great ride. I took a LT through the gravel for miles to ride the north edge of the canyon. The views are spectacular.
I did get caught out at sunset, which was beautiful, but there were LOTS of Mule Deer!! keep an eye out for them!!

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By Guest
on October 16, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

did this run on our way from Lake Havasu in AZ to Sturgis 2010 it was a great experience, can recomend this as the best ride ever

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By Guest
on September 17, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

IF YOU CONINUE WEST OFRT 50 INSTEAD OF TAKING 92 THERE IS A RODE OFF TO YOUR RIGHT THAT TAKES YOU RIGHT TO THE CANYON, AND IT IS PAVED ALL THE WAY. THER IS ALSO A RODE THAT TAKES YOU DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE CANYON. IT IS A 5 MILE PAVED ROAD WITH A 16% GRADE ALL THE WAY. GREAT RIDE. RODE THIS IN MID AUG 09

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By Guest
on August 4, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1996

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Rode this with a buddy in August '08. Beautiful scenery with plenty of places to pull off and look, long gentle curves and blacktop in great shape for the most part. Don't worry about the lack of ammenties, its not that long of a ride although getting there can take time too.

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By Bill Belei
on October 7, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

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This route is simply world class! The scenery is incredible on both sides of the road .. on one side you have the mountains, cliffs, trees, & streams. On the other side you have the incredible black canyon diving down down down to the Gunnison River below. There are tons of turn outs for photos and taking your time taking in the scenery. My father and I took this as part of a father/son motorcycle trip in Oct of 2017 and the amazing scenery was even more amazing with all the fall colors ... the Aspens, Birch, and scrub Oak tries offered an incredible tapestry of fall yellows, golds, oranges, and maroons. If you ever wanted a classic shot of you on your bike riding through quintessential scenery this is the route ... just bring a friend and you'll have a thousand places to take some amazing pictures. And, I highly recommend you take your time on this one and stop at the pull outs and read the placards about the history of this canyon, the project to install the dam (that produces the incredible "Blue Mesa" to the east of the Canyon), and the geology that makes this area so captivating. Overall, we were so taken with the scenery and the great road conditions, curves and climbs, that even though we planned on doing this route just once and moving on to others in the area, we ended up doing it 4 times and had to skip many other roads we were going to try that day but when you find something this perfect, you just can't ride it once!!

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By BillFromBoulder
on August 26, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2014

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Good pavement, low traffic, and lots of curves. Scenery is pretty good, although I was there for the fun curves. If there are negatives, you can't see through many curves so a little caution is advised. This road is why I ride a motorcycle.

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By BayouRed
on January 2, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1996

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

My son, his wife, and I rode this one windy, wet afternoon in June. It was part of a multi-day Colorado mountain loop ride that began and ended in Denver. The rain started in earnest at the Blue Mesa reservoir and stopped when we arrived in Crawford. The road was slick, and when the wind wasn't blowing the rain kept visibility down to white knuckle squinting. I can't remember when I've had this much adrenaline pumping fun!!!

We were lucky in the fact that there was no traffic either way, as some of the curves ended being a little wider turn radius than planned for (I may not have been riding "good lines" while keeping the bike upright. I agree that starting in Crawford would afford you better views as you won't have to turn against traffic in the blind curves. I'll do that next ride.

If you get the oppertunity, don't pass it up.

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By Hondarider1
on July 1, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Excellent ride, roads in great condition. Look out for the mule deer, saw a lot on the road side. Great views and nice curves, Snow topped mountain peaks in Late June 2016 on an earl morning ride. Top Notch!

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By Hondarider1
on July 1, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Excellent ride, roads in great condition. Look out for the mule deer, saw a lot on the road side. Great views and nice curves, Snow topped mountain peaks in Late June 2016 on an earl morning ride. Top Notch!

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By DgoMountie
on October 7, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1998

Motorcycle Make Harley FLSTC

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Combined with Grand Mesa and Million Dollar Highway, it could well be the best ride in the U.S.

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By ®Wild Bill
on July 23, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2011

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This was an amazing ride in Colorado. There are a lot of sheer drop offs with no guard rails but it is a veri exhilerating ride. Want to get down in the canyon you are engulfed by them. Amazing views an amazing ride.

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By Guest
on July 11, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Enduro

Rode this in July 2010 - a great ride, thanks for the recommendation

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By Guest
on July 21, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I rode this route over the July 4th week. What a great ride!
We rode out of Breckenridge down to Gunnision and returned via Hotckiss over Independence Pass. Round trip was over 400 miles but worth the ride!

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