Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

I couldn’t see the bottom.   I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck went to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Western Colorado.

National Parks are always spectacular

National Parks are always spectacular

We went to the north rim of the canyon. Our first stop was The Narrows.

Ready to check it out

Ready to check it out

We went right to the edge of the canyon and could not see the bottom.

Not too close to the edge, please

Not too close to the edge, please

This great slit in the Earth is so narrow that sunlight penetrates to the bottom only at midday.

Wow

Wow

We were there late afternoon, so no bottom in sight. This place is sheer rock. Amazing to see, but difficult to photograph.

Takes our breath away

Takes our breath away

You have to see this park.

Next we stopped at Balanced Rock.

Venturing to the rim again

Venturing to the rim again

This stop did have a fenced lookout point.

Still scary for ducks

Still scary for ducks

We could see a little more, but still very steep cliffs, very deep and not much light at the bottom.

What a great canyon

What a great canyon

From the fenced lookout point, we did see a little of the Gunnison River.

The mighty Gunnison River

The mighty Gunnison River

Mom read that the south rim has more pull over places and maybe a better view of the Gunnison River.   The National Geographic book, Guide to National Parks says sheer walls of dark gray stone rise more than 2,700 feet above the swift and turbulent Gunnison River to create one of the most dramatic canyons in the country.   If you like to hike, there are many trails here. Some go from the rim of the canyon to the river far below. Most of these trails are rated difficult, but we think they would be incredible. We did not hike, but we did walk around parts of the north rim. You may see ravens, golden eagles or peregrine falcons.   The park is also home to many wild animals including bear and mule deer.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

You will really appreciate seeing the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.   We hope to see you there soon.

You should see this

You should see this

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