Colorado Points of Interest

Coke Ovens Overlook

The Coke Ovens Overlook in Colorado is a must-visit destination for national park enthusiasts. Located in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, this scenic overlook offers breathtaking views of the park's iconic Coke Ovens rock formations.

One of the main reasons to visit the Coke Ovens Overlook is the stunning panoramic view of the canyon and its surrounding landscapes. Visitors can see the rugged, red rock formations and the deep, narrow canyon that the Gunnison River has carved out over millions of years.

The Coke Ovens themselves are a unique geological formation, formed from ancient volcanic ash and lava flows. They are named for their distinctive shape, which resembles the ovens used to burn coal into coke in the early 20th century.

In addition to the Coke Ovens, visitors to the overlook may also see a variety of wildlife, including eagles, hawks, and bighorn sheep. The area is also home to a variety of plant and animal species that are unique to the region.

To fully experience the Coke Ovens Overlook, visitors are encouraged to take a leisurely hike along the Rim Rock Trail, which winds through the park's stunning landscapes and provides ample opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography.

Overall, the Coke Ovens Overlook is an essential stop for anyone visiting the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. With its stunning views, unique geological formations, and abundant wildlife, it's a destination that should not be missed. Get driving directions.

Points of Interest
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Alcove Nature Trail Wayside Exhibit
Artist Point Overlook
Artists Point Overlook Wayside Exhibit
Balanced Rock Wayside Exhibit
Coke Ovens Overlook
Coke Ovens Overlook Wayside Exhibit
Cold Shivers Point Overlook
Cold Shivers Point Wayside Exhibit
Devils Kitchen Picnic Area Wayside Exhibit
Distant View Wayside Exhibit
East Entrance Information Map
East Entrance Overlook
Fallen Rock Overlook
Fallen Rock Overlook Wayside Exhibit
Fruita Canyon Overlook
Fruita Canyon View Wayside Exhibit
Garfield Creek River Access
Grand View Overlook
Grand View Overlook Wayside Exhibit
Half Tunnel Exhibit Wayside Exhibit
Highland View Overlook
Highland View Wayside Exhibit
Historic Trails Overlook
Historic Trails Wayside Exhibit
Independence Monument Overlook Wayside Exhibit
Independence Overlook
Lower Black Ridge Trailhead Wayside Exhibit
Lower Monument Trailhead Wayside Exhibit
Lower No Thoroughfare Canyon Trailhead Wayside Exhibit
Lower Ute Canyon Overlook
Monument Canyon Overlook
Monument Canyon Overlook Wayside Exhibit
Monument Canyon View Overlook
Otto's Trailhead Wayside Exhibit
Red Canyon Wayside Exhibit
Redland View Wayside Exhibit
Redlands Overlook
Shooting Range - Pistol
Shooting Range - Rifle
Training Track
Upper Black Ridge Trailhead Wayside Exhibit
Upper Liberty Cap Trailhead Wayside Exhibit
Upper Monument Canyon Trailhead Wayside Exhibit
Upper No Thoroughfare Canyon Trailhead Wayside Exhibit
Upper Serpents Trailhead Wayside Exhibit
Upper Ute Canyon Overlook
Upper Ute Canyon View Wayside Exhibit
Ute Canyon Wayside Exhibit
West Entrance Information Map Wayside Exhibit
White Rocks Trainhead Wayside Exhibit
Wildwood Trailhead Wayside Exhibit

Nearby Camping
Location Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Divide Fork 11 8,746 ft
Saddlehorn - Colorado National Monument 80 4,685 ft
Mud Springs 14 8,525 ft
Fruita - Colorado River State Park 45 4,484 ft
Highline Lake State Park 25 4,725 ft
North Fruita Desert 35 5,392 ft