|The Gunnison River cuts a path through canyon rock.|
|Another look at the steep canyon walls|
at Black Canyon of the Gunnison
National Park in Colorado
A good starting point in the park is the South Rim Visitor Center, located at an overlook called Gunnison Point. Without going any further you could get a good idea of the geology and the natural forces that created this amazing southwest Colorado destination.
|Rugged rock formations add to the beauty of the park.|
|Chasm View Lookout shows how deep |
Black Canyon is. Dark shadows give
the canyon its name.
|A gnarled tree reflects harsh conditions on|
In addition to driving through the park, visitors can hike, backpack, raft, or kayak. While some sections of the Gunnison River require experienced kayakers, outfitters like RIGS, based in Ridgway about an hour from Black Canyon, offer rafting trips in Gunnison Gorge on the lower Gunnison. Suitable for all ages, this trip is especially fun when the water is flowing from spring run-off.
|Rafting on the Gunnison River is a fun excursion, and lunch|
may be included by outfitters.
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier