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 . 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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  • Neither my husband or I have been to the Grand Canyon, so we were amazed at the heights of the canyon. We stopped at the visitor/welcome center and then most of the viewpoints. One was more amazing th...  more »
  • Second only to the Grand Canyon, this baby's walls go up to 2,750 ft down in some places. That's deep. And also dark, thus the name. The Visitors Center is on the North Rim, near Montrose. I highly re...  more »
  • The Black Canyon shows spectacular input and views. The dark, almost black coloring of the rock, which is sometimes interrupted by almost white inclusions is special.
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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've been to a lot of American canyons. This one is like no other. You can drive through the park ten meters from the edge and not know it's there. The sides are so steep and high when you get to the bottom it's dark. Get the wilderness permit and do the Gunnison Route day hike. It's hard but there's a chain you get to rappel-scramble down and the view is unmatched.
  • 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.
  • This National Park is not well known but it is worthy of NP status. It's depth rivals the Grand Canyon though not as long. The steepness and narrowness of the canyon is impressive. Some stiff rock climbing there too. Well worth a side trip or weekend road trip to go see.
  • 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.

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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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