Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

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Canyon National Park
Visit Gunnison Natural Park to see the deepest part of . Some spots only get 33 minutes of sunlight a day. The jagged and dramatic cliffs formed millions of years ago when two volcanic islands collided. Take a scenic drive on U.S. Route 50 or 92, which offers views of the canyon walls along the rim. If you're an experienced climber, spend some time on the craggy walls, or watch others tackle the challenge. Hiking to the canyon floor is also an option, but keep in mind that the trails are rough and not maintained. Poison ivy grows along the trails, so long sleeves and tall hiking boots are recommended. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park Edition.
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  • We stayed at loop c south rim which is first come first served. We had a camper van and the sites at loop c could even accommodate larger RVs. We loved our site. Deer frequented and it was near restro...  more »
  • We were driving through the area and decided to detour to the canyon. Outstanding views!!! The heat and limited shade would stop me from camping in the area but it was great for sight seeing. You can ...  more »
  • While staying with friends in Montrose, my S.O. and I made the trip to Black Canyon. The view was beautiful and the trails were fun. If I remember correctly, they said you could fit two Empire State B...  more »
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  • Words can't describe how amazing this canyon is!!!! I've been to lots of amazing places, but this canyon is like nothing else I've seen. I absolutely love it but at the same time it scares me to no end. The Native Americans took the white man into the Grand Canyon because they knew it well, but Native Americans did not enter Black Canyon because it was far too dangerous. I thought it was called Black Canyon because the rock is very dark but that is not the reason. It's called Black Canyon because it is so steep and narrow that the majority of the bottom of the Canyon sees less than 1 hour of direct sunlight a day. If you really want to see it, you should go during the months when the road beyond the visitor center is open. The view at the visitor center is amazing, but there is so much to the canyon than what is seen there. I was so fascinated with this canyon I have done a great deal of reading on the history of its exploration, or should I say its limited exploration. I'm kind of like one reviewer who says he loves Black Canyon too much to have too many people know about. I don't want to see it commercialized, but I think there is little danger of that. It's far to rugged. I wish I lived close enough to see the canyon every week!
  • I spent a morning in this national park. Driving along the south rim is enjoyable. Every viewpoint is a unique vision of the deep canyon. I also hiked on the Warner Point Trail at west end of the park. It was an easy hike with slight elevation gain.
  • Had no knowledge of this park but my goal is visit as many National Parks as I can. This is a beautiful gem you may not know but need to discover. Amazing vistas. Hikes that bring surprises around every corner. Everyone at the Visitor's Center was knowledgeable and friendly. With only a day and a half available to us, the rangers were wonderful helping us making the best use of our time. Great experience.
  • Never knew about thus place until driving through the area. If you want to get away from the crowds, go here! At times we had the place to ourselves and was very peaceful. It's not a huge park so it won't take a lot of time but it does offer some great views of the canyon.
  • This is a must see place. Visit the visitors center to really appreciate it. Like all national parks, kids can get a jr ranger badge for competing a few activities. If you go down to the river bring the bug spray. Lots of ticks there.