Cross Fissures Trail

Difficulty
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Very Easy
Duration
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0.5h
Distance
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0.5 km
Elevation
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35 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Cross Fissures Trail is a scenic lookout point along the South Rim of the Black Canyon. The short lollipop loop will guide you down to the fenced-in overlook. This path is great for families and hikers of all skill levels! Just make sure to bring your camera because you are going to want to remember this view.

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Route Description for Cross Fissures Trail

Meander the Cross Fissure Trail down to an overlook that delivers awe-inspiring vistas of the southward facing canyon walls. The Cross Fissures lookout presents sights of the rocky spires and rugged cliffs. Make sure you maintain on the marked path for the entirety of the hike as the rocky ledge is fragile and dangerous.

Begin the hike from the parking lot and track the Cross Fissures Trail. At the junction, you can go either way to complete the loop and get to the vantage point, but we recommend going counterclockwise. Follow the well-maintained path down to the lookout. Relish in the vista of the Black Canyon. Notice the lush vegetation that dot the cliffs and hoodoos. In the background aspen forests and rolling hills sit atop the canyon and provide a serene backdrop to the craggy cliffs.

Take your time and enjoy the scenery before continuing around the loop and back to the parking lot.

Getting to the Cross Fissures Trail Trailhead

The Cross Fissures Trail is off of South Rim Road. Note this road is subject to seasonal closure.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    May-November

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Lollipop

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