Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

The scenic beauty of Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP is hard to resist. This western Colorado park surrounds a part of a steep gorge, carved by the Gunnison River. The park's roads along the north and south rims provide views of the gorge, while the East Portal Road descends to the river. During your stay in this western Colorado park, you should also be sure to look for mule deer, elk, and golden eagles.

You can enjoy a scenic drive along the 7-mile South Rim, which contains 12 scenic overlooks. Most of these are only a short walk from the parking area. While traveling along the South Rim, be sure to visit Gunnison Point, Chasm View, and Sunset View. Don't forget your camera - drones are prohibited in National Parks.Nevertheless, your family will have a great time exploring the canyon. 

Considering its steepness, it's no wonder the canyon's walls are so steep and rocky. 

The park's South Rim is open year-round except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours vary seasonally, but they are generally 9am to 4pm. To visit the park, you must pay a commercial entrance fee, The park's North Rim is open from April to November. And East Portal Road is open during spring and fall. In addition, you can see the Painted Wall and other cliff faces during your trip. 



A visit to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is a must. Although the weather is colder and less unpredictable, temperatures can still reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months. You can check the weather at the South Rim Visitors Center and get maps for hiking the South Rim. It's located about seven miles north of Montrose on CO Highway 347.

If you're a nature lover, you'll be intrigued by the breathtaking views of the Gunnison River. The 48-mile-long gorge was carved out by the Gunnison River over millions of years. In fact, it is an International Dark Sky Park. You should be sure to make your trip to this park a memorable one. Enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison NM.

The canyon at sunset offers spectacular views NPR photos.

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park has been a national park since 1999. It was created by the Gunnison River millions of years ago, and its walls are often obscured by shadows. The canyon is the world's oldest exposed rock. Precambrian rock that is more than two billion years old is exhibited in the park. The canyon is an iconic sight in North America.


More Park in Colorado

Colorado National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument
Florissant Fossil Beds NM
Great Sand Dunes National Monument



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