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Colorado’s own Grand Canyon will leave you speechless with stark, beautiful views

Posted: 10:57 AM, Feb 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-06 17:06:55-04
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
  • Captured by Susan Humphrey<div class="caption-wrap"><div class="caption">Black Canyon of the Gunnison Captured by Susan Humphrey

Deep in western Colorado, 15 miles east of Montrose, lies the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. This canyon is famous for it’s dark, deep, and narrow walls exposing some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America.

For nearly 2 million years, the Gunnison river carved through the soft volcanic deposits and eventually, with no where to go, the much harder metamorphic rock underneath. The unique streaks in the canyon walls come from ancient volcanic collisions that occurred nearly 1.7 billion years ago.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison owes its name to the fact that the walls are often shadowed and shrouded in darkness from a lack of sunlight. Due to its steep and narrow walls, certain parts of the canyon only see 33 minutes of sunlight a day.

Driving to the black canyon will take over 4 hours, but it will include scenic views of the Pike and San Isabel National forests if you take highway 24, or the Arkansas River valley through Canon City if you take highway 50.

Click here for more camping and hiking information related to the national park.

Gunnison Point Webcam

Grizzly Ridge Webcam

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Colorado’s own Grand Canyon will leave you speechless with stark, beautiful views