Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Carved by the Gunnison River in Western Colorado, the Black Canyon is just 40 feet wide at its narrowest point. Its walls vary in height from just over 1800 feet to over 2700 feet.  It is not the deepest canyon in the U.S. [Hells Canyon in Idaho] nor the most dramatic [Grand Canyon], but its Painted Wall is the highest cliff in Colorado, and in a part of the country where rock is often red, its dark walls are striking.

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Date of our visit: 25 September 2018 [We have been there several times. Our most recent previous visit was 3 May 2009]


About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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16 Responses to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

  1. Garfield Hug says:

    Wow! You hiked or scaled that awesome mountain!! You are great!👍😃

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  2. Pit says:

    It’s quite some time that we were there, on a day trip out of Breckenridge. We enjoyed that whole area a lot.

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  3. We visited the north side and it was truly breathtaking, standing on the edge.

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  4. Amazing views, especially the last picture!

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  5. Susanne Hiegel says:

    Great post. We’ve always been there in the winter.

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    • ralietravels says:

      We really enjoyed your pictures of Barcelona. We have been there a number of times either before, after or during a cruise, but never spent as much time as you two did. It is one of our favorite places.


  6. Dave Ply says:

    That last shot looks like one of those places to really watch your footing – it’s a looooong way down.

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  7. Thank you for bringing back wonderful memories. This is an impressive place!

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  8. A gorgeous place indeed.

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  9. It’s a long ways down, Ray. Probably a place where you don’t want to take any selfies on the edge! –Curt

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  10. Loraine Beckman says:

    Many years ago Nill and I went through Gunnison_ at one time he talked about retiring there. It gets too cold though. Your pictures were beautiful.

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  11. Marsi says:

    I love this park! Did you have a chance to go down in the canyon? It’s incredible down there! We camped in the canyon, but a few people each day brave the steep road to come down to fish or just see the bottom of the canyon. It’s very cozy, and the Gunnison River is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. The road in is a brake-eater though.

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