Annual meeting of the Board of Directors today at the Black Canyon amphitheater, 11-1. If you are in the area and have ideas on protecting the park and enhancing visitor experience, we would love to have you stop by and join the conversation. #blackcanyonofthegunnison#blackcanyonfriends#myblackcanyon
Our national park visitation is on a roll this year. Rocky, Black Canyon, Mesa Verde and up next - which I’m very excited about - Yosemite!
In the meantime, here is another image from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison I quite like. The gneiss and schist - aka metamorphic rock formed 1.7 billion years ago - of the canyon walls is on amazing display under the colorful sunset skies. I feel the canyon’s depth here as well.
Really though! What a great choice for Mattie’s first National Park. They’re usually not very dog friendly but every overlook trail is accommodating at the Black Canyon and she can even do the 1.5 mile Rimrock Trail. And we saw ZERO kids thanks to Colorado schools being back in 🙌🏻 having an easy day before we hit Sneffels for redemption tomorrow. #blackcanyonofthegunnison#montrose#colorado#nps
South Rim Drive. It’s hot and sleeping at 8,320ft elevation has pretty much wiped us completely out... So, we decided to spend the day exploring Black Canyon of the Gunnison by truck instead of trying to go hiking. Dogs are welcome on all of the short overlook trails too! We grabbed the fur kids, some treats and water, and took off! Dragon Point was our favorite stop (📸1&3), Chasm View was another gorgeous overlook (📸2), and the dogs loved the hiking trail by the visitor center (📸5). We also saw a cool twisty tree (📸4), not sure what kind of tree it is, but it reminded us of the vortex trees in Sedona! We might not be totally acclimated to the high elevation, but we figured out how to adapt and enjoy the park in a different way. (now, we might go drink a gallon of water and take a nap 😂) ❤️🌲🌄
Colorado’s landscape game is on point.
The national parks in this state are awe inspiring. Capturing all this dynamic range on the edge of a dizzying cliff drop was exciting, challenging, and so much fun!
Well, that’s gneiss. Big enough to be overwhelming, still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time, Black Canyon of the Gunnison exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America. The Gunnison River, along with the forces of weathering, has sculpted this vertical wilderness of rock, water, and sky. Gneiss, a common and widely distributed rock composed of igneous or sedimentary rocks, along with schist, a coarse-grained metamorphic rock consisting of different mineral layers, compose most of the amazing cliffs you’ll see. That’s right! Geology rocks! Learn more about this rocky landscape on your next visit to western Colorado!
Image: Ancient rocks at Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Photo/ Chris Wheeler
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Colorado’s Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is a remote canyon, and a climbers paradise. The Gunnison River runs through the canyon, and with over 2 million years to work, it has sculpted this vertical wilderness perfectly. The trails in this area down to the river are strenuous, hard to navigate and unmarked, but they are gorgeous and it’s a place that is well worth the visit. Don’t worry -- there are plenty of overlooks of the canyon below for those who just want to take in the view. Thanks for following along today! Photo courtesy of Christin Healey (@christinhealey). #usinterior#findyourpark#travel#colorado#blackcanyon#blackcanyonofthegunnison#nationalpark
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The Black Canyon of the Gunnison's unique and spectacular landscape was formed slowly by the action of water and rock scouring down through hard Proterozoic crystalline rock. No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths offered by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Have you visited? Describe in one word!
Image: Night sky over the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado./Greg Owens
On the end of my short trip to Colorado, saw some very impressive scenes, both in day and under stars. This late afternoon iPhone shot is from the Black Canyon National Park with its stunningly deep dark walls. A night-time image of the canyon will be revealed soon. #blackcanyonofthegunnison#colorado#canyon@natgeoimagecollection
Sunset's vivid afterglow over the Painted Wall of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. This 2000 foot sheer cliff's striations remind me of lightning lancing through the night sky, or perhaps Harry Potter's scar given to him by He Who Shall Not Be Named. June 2019.