Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Colorado's Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is a stunning and unique destination. Visitors will find plenty of recreation, some of which can provide a significant challenge for even the most experienced recreators. This unique destination is a magnificent canyon destination in the state of Colorado and the country.
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison was formed by the waters of the Gunnison River. This unique canyon is deep, with a narrow opening and almost vertical canyon walls. The deepest point of the canyon is over 2,700 feet deep. Visitors to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison will also find the tallest vertical wall in the state.
From the high walls of the canyon to the rushing waters of the Gunnison River, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison is an amazing recreational destination. This park is a fantastic destination for hiking, fishing, kayaking, rafting, rock climbing and more. Visitors can even enjoy a scenic drive.
The Gunnison River provides an intense challenge for even the most experienced kayakers. Some sections of the river are considered to be Class V rapids, and other sections are so difficult that they are unrunnable. Experienced kayakers have to be aware that the river is very difficult, and should only recreate on the river at their own risk.
Hikers will also enjoy a great challenge during a visit to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The North and South Rims of the canyon have a variety of trails, ranging in difficulty from easy to extreme. Visitors can also hike within the inner canyon, which is a hike only for the most experienced and prepared hikers. The inner canyon does not have marked trails and requires hikers to find their way in and out of the canyon.
Rock climbing is another fantastic activity found in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The high walls and crumbly rock make the rock climbing appropriate for only the most experienced rock climbers. Many of the known climbs in the Black Canyon are rated at 5.8 or above. In addition there is very little information available on the majority of the climbs in the park. Only the most experienced rock climbers should attempt the climbs at the Black Canyon, and most of the climbs are located in remote areas.
Visitors to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison can also enjoy a scenic drive on the South Rim Road, or on the North Rim Road. Each of the roads has plenty of scenic view points, which provide stunning views of the canyon and the river below. While enjoying a scenic drive or recreating in the Black Canyon, visitors can also keep a look out for some of the region's wildlife. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is home to rock squirrels, mule deer, bighorn sheep, elk and many more species.
Colorado's Black Canyon of the Gunnison is an amazing destination for travelers of all interests and experience levels. The sheer cliffs, rushing waters and beautiful canyon is filled with opportunities for expert and other levels of recreation. Hikers will find plenty of trails both in and outside of the canyon. In addition, expert rock climbers and kayakers may wish to try the extreme challenge that the park provides.