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

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Visit Gunnison Natural Park to see the deepest part of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. 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. Plan to visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park during your Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park vacation using our convenient Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip itinerary maker .
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  • Entry fee of $15 per vehicle, no charge with NPS Senior Pass. We did not have high expectations of Black Canyon prior to visiting. Following our 14 mile driving tour along South Rim Road and stopping ...  more »
  • I was not familiar with Black Canyon before arriving in Montrose on a driving trip to Fort Collins, CO. I must say that it is truly spectacular. It is deep and very different from other canyons such a...  more »
  • We spent all day here (not just a few hours) and went back after dark for view the stars and take magnificent photos. Cost was $15 for a 7 day pass. Restrooms were available throughout but there was l...  more »
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  • Geologically oddity in Colorado's own back yard! Amazing views at every stop. Rangers we're friendly and had many nature talks at different places in the park throughout the day. Painted wall and Chasm View are highly recommended.
  • Palm-sweating and stunningly beautiful. Hard to saw I 'liked' it being so terrified of heights, but I was absolutely in awe, definitely gets all possible stars for natural wonders. This canyon feels very narrow for being so deep. Chasm View was probably my favorite. Also easy to visit along the road, vault toilets and accessible entrances at some of the viewpoints.
  • 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!
  • We visited the North Rim of the Black Canyon and found it to be an awe-inspiring experience! This rivals the Grand Canyon, in my book! The vertical relief happens so quick and the walls our so steep! We were simply blown away! The North Rim is a little more remote than we thought it would be, but that contributed to less crowds and a great experience.
  • Amazing place to come visit, driving by you have no idea it exists. There are lots of short walks you can take to various lookouts of the canyon, you should visit the painted wall it's spectacular. I'd really recommend driving down the canyon and doing some fishing in the river.

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Where to stay in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

If you don't stay in one of the two campgrounds in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, the nearby town of Montrose serves as the second-most convenient option. Here you'll find numerous economy motels and a few small bed and breakfasts and inns. Many of these are only about 16 km (10 mi) from the park's south entrance. Delta sits north of Montrose and offers a similar range of accommodation types. Here, you'll be about 40 km (25 mi) from the park. About 56 km (35 mi) south of the park, the small town of Ouray offers a couple of hotels, some of which sit in restored brick Victorian buildings that characterize the town's architecture.
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