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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Toy Porcupine

September 2006 - Four friends (Morgan Luver, Kansas Kelly, Scotott, Judy and myself) and myself visited the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park outside of Montrose. Kelly kindly bought each of us a "finger puppet" stuffed animal and there we were showing them off in front of the national park's entrance sign! Check out my porcupine! :)

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park The Black Canyon is a really deep canyon with the Gunnison River running through it. It reminds me a lot of the Royal Gorge, except it doesn't have a "tourist trap" feel. We drove along the south rim drive and stopped at numerous lookouts. Keep in mind the north rim is less-traveled and offers equally grand views of the canyon. From I could gather, the drive down along the east rim to the Gunnison River is also worthwhile.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
More photos of the canyon.

My other national park and monument pages:

  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Great Sand Dunes (May 2007)
  • Great Sand Dunes (November 2006)
  • Arches National Park
  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
  • Yellowstone National Park


  • Kansas Kelly
    A few more photos of the gang. Poor Kansas Kelly (bottom photo) was a little bored but she hung in there. It is also pleasing to see she is taking after me in snapping self-portraits of herself doing odd things ... like documenting how bored she was! :p)
    Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Another nice view of the canyon.
    Painted Wall
    Painted Wall
    Painted Wall
    Painted Wall
    One of the nicest views along the south rim is the "Painted Wall" area.

    Note the explanation about how the Empire State Building in New York City would only reach halfway up the canyon!

    Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park The overlook behind the park's visitor center.

    Friends, I really liked this park. I will definitely be back to take on some of the trails and drives on the north rim soon.

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