Black Canyon of the Gunnison

We’re driving for miles across a gently-rolling landscape covered with sage brush and an occasional small shrub. Suddenly, there’s a giant crack in the earth. We’ve arrived at Black Canyon of the Gunnison, specifically the North Rim of the National Park. It’s not really a crack but the result of millions of years of the Gunnison River cutting down as the surrounding land was uplifted. However it formed, the result is pretty awe-inspiring.

The canyon is about 48 miles long but the 12 miles in the park is said to be the best part. The depth here ranges between 1800-2250′. There are hiking trails but we took advantage of several places along the North Rim where you can park and walk a short distance to an overlook area. We started at Chasm View…

… and ended at the Kneeling Camel Overlook. It takes a bit of imagination to see the camel in the rock formation.

After leaving the park, our drive continued south on CO-92 through some great scenery and into the Curecanti National Recreation Area parallel to, and with frequent views of the canyon.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Curecanti National Recreation Area

About Michael R

I enjoy hiking, landscaping with native plants, nature photography, dark chocolate, fine dining, good movies, and old jazz.
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