Black Canyon of The Gunnison

 Black Canyon Rd. The canyon can be accessed from the Montrose side or the Crawford side.

Black Canyon Rd. The canyon can be accessed from the Montrose side or the Crawford side.

The Black Canyon is an impressive National Park that lies on the west slope of Colorado. The canyon on average only receives 33 minutes of direct sunlight daily. Hence the name Black Canyon. The drive into the park is very unassuming. As you drive up you really cant see anything, everything just appears flat. That is until you park and walk up to the edge of the cliff.

 From the edge of the canyon. Not for those who are afraid of heights.

From the edge of the canyon. Not for those who are afraid of heights.

When you reach the canyons edge it is truly something else. It is an absolutely incredible drop down to the Gunnison River below. At the deepest the canyon is 2,722 feet deep. That is from the Warner Point part of the canyon. Seeing the walls up close is thing of beauty. The walls are different everywhere you look.

 East wall of the canyon.

East wall of the canyon.

 From the depths of the canyon.

From the depths of the canyon.

There are a couple trails into the canyon. The trails into the canyon are less of a trail and more of a scramble mixed some light rock climbing. Beware, if it starts to rain you need to get out out of there. It’s dangerous enough to climb up and down while its dry. On the West Slope of Colorado this is one of the must see places. If you ever find yourself nearby make sure to stop in and spend a few hours exploring the canyon.