the black canyon

Montrose, Colorado

August 22, 2013

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is a national treasure.  The words of geologist Wallace Hansen say it so well.  “Some are longer, some are deeper, some are narrower, and a few have walls as steep.  But no other canyon in North America combines the depth, narrowness, sheerness and somber countenance of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.”

The view from Tomichi Point

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The most amazing sight to me was the Painted Wall.  This is just the top of the 2,800 ft cliff.

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A ride down the 16% grade to the East Portal was filled with lovely Gunnison River landscapes.  Bring anything that floats or a fishing rod.

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