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Grand Canyon of Colorado

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a 48 mile long, narrow canyon. The canyon was proclaimed a national monument in 1933, and in 1999, 14 miles of the canyon was designated a national park.

It got it's name "Black Canyon" due to it's extremely sheer, deep cliffs and narrows chasms, so narrow that little little can penetrate it.

Plan to spend a day at the park. There are two routes you can take...

South Rim Trail

This winding, cliff hugging trail takes you along the top rim of the canyon, and offers spectucular view points. Many of the stops along the way have a short trail to the vantage or look out point.

The rim road takes you all the way to High Point, and then turns you back around.

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East Portal Road

The road down into the canyon will have you on a 16% grade...as well as sharp switchbacks. For good reason, this road is closed in winter.

But, take the road down tot he river below, and look up!!!

Then, turn around and climb back up...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The views are unique and spectacular!
  • Cons:Roads are steep, windy and have sheer cliffs
  • In a nutshell:Unlike ANY landscape I've seen...unique
  • Last visit to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument: Aug 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2010 at 5:46 AM

    First time I hear of the Black Canyon. Sure looks magnificent. ;-

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    The landscape is similar to what I experienced at Colorado Nat Monument at the west edge of the State. YOu did a nice job of describing the trails and views are splendid

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Great place I had never heard about! I know I have a lot of places remaining to visit! That looks like a breathtaking place!

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2009 at 4:51 AM

    Wanted to get here on our last trip west but even with six months, we just ran out of time. Thanks for the virtual overview to hold me over, Christine.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Hey, you have some funny names too! "kneeling Camel overlook" I wonder how they come up with them? Laughed at the "Plaid Knees" comment. Stunning scenery in this neck of the woods!

  • DennyP's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2009 at 7:52 AM

    Hi there and thanks for visiting my Adelaide page..great to see this lovely National Park...reminds me of Aussie a lot..also great to get out in the 4x4 here also into the huge wide open spaces an N.P.'s..great tips and pics cheers Denny

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2009 at 3:57 AM

    "Wilderness" is the operative word....beauty beyond belief. You are a daredevil, indeed. Thanks for such excellent descriptions and breathtaking photos.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    What a lovely spot you found! The views look absolutely amazings and you have posted some wonderful tips. Thank you!

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2008 at 6:30 AM

    Wow!!! Lovely stuff.... Happy birthday, Chris, for tomorrow. Have a good day.

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    looks pretty damned amazing to me.


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