We spent May 17-19 exploring Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. There is a paved road that runs along the southern rim of the canyon just west of the main park entrance where you can stop at regular intervals and gaze in to this mystical place or you can head east on the same road and wind your way down to the very bottom of the canyon.
I know you will find this hard to believe but in some ways I think the view from the bottom was even more spectacular than from the top. You can hear the sounds of the water and more easily enjoy the birds gliding in the thermal drafts of the canyon.
The Black Canyon was proclaimed a national monument in 1933 but I’m really surprised that it took the federal government until 1999 to recognize this as a national park. It truly is a spectacular and one of a kind geologic feature because the canyon is so deep, sheer and narrow that hardly any sunlight penetrates to the bottom.
Just like Capitol Reef National Park the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park had very few visitors giving us the opportunity to explore everything without any distractions. Don’t miss out on this awesome gorge.