Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Established in 1999
30,750 acres
Visitation (2010) 176,344

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison, found in Colorado, is a beautiful and dramatic park, where the Gunnison River rushes through the narrow canyon gorge. The steep walls shadow sunlight and the canyon walls appear dark, even black, hence the name. The park itself contains 12 miles of the 48 mile Gunnison River Canyon. This section is exceptionally deep and narrow.

The park’s boundaries protect the most dramatic section of the Gunnison River Canyon and offer premier recreational opportunities, especially rock climbing. Climbers relish scaling the gorgeous rock walls that tower above the wild Gunnison River. The park offers around 145 remote and challenging climbs. The Gunnison River offers visitors excellent trout fishing and challenging kayaking for advanced paddlers.

But you don’t have to be an expert climber or paddler to enjoy the beauty of this national park. Scenic drives are a relaxed way to experience the park and the views are phenomenal! So venture to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison for high adventure or just to appreciate the beauty of this magnificent site.