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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is located in the Western part of Colorado a bit South of center. It is along US Highway 50. Black Canyon is an interesting place to spend a few hours or a few weeks. The park includes 14 of the 48 miles of Black Canyon.

Black Canyon

Black Canyon is about half as deep as the Grand Canyon (2772 feet deep at Warner Point); but is much, much narrower. This makes the sight of the steep walls of hard rock a magnificent site that is much different than; but about as interesting as, the Grand Canyon.

There are two ways to see the park: The Rim Road which follows the canyon and gives you the view from the high ground; or the East Portal Road which is a steep, 16% downgrade, to the river below.

Weather

The weather and the river that have carved this interesting piece of geology also gave us some interesting plantlife to see like this neat looking tree. Take one or both of the scenic drives or one of the hiking trails and explore it for yourself.

  • Last visit to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument: Jun 2010
  • Intro Updated Nov 13, 2010
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  • doug48's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    great pictures of a place i would like to visit someday, thanks for the great tips.

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