Campbell 2008 Western Trip - Colorado, Utah and Arkansas National Parks travel blog

View from Rim of Black Canyon of The Gunnison

Windy View from Rim

Another View of Canyon

Looking Down Into the Canyon

Closer View of River

Closer Yet View

View of Opposite Canyon Wall

View Looking Up Canyon

Closer View

Still Closer View

October 11 – Travel to Montrose, CO and Black Canyon of The Gunnison National Park

To get to Montrose, CO this morning, we chose to use the same road as we used to get to Telluride yesterday. The Mapquest route took over a 11,000’ pass that was to have snow showers. The lowest temperature at Lizard Pass was 37F with some sleet.

The Montrose campground has cable, Wi-Fi and we have cell phone service – all is well.

This afternoon, we traveled to Black Canyon of The Gunnison National Park to pick up a ranger talk schedule – not – talks ended on Labor Day at this park.

We viewed the canyon that is 2000’ deep and in some places, 40’ wide. The rock at the bottom of the canyon is 2 billion years old, yes 2 billion. The Gunnison River has cut the canyon to its current depth in the last billion years at a rate of 1” per century or about one hair diameter per year.

Tomorrow, we will return and quiz the ranger on duty to obtain a virtual ranger talk. : ) We will also drive down to the river and take a hike along the bank.

We will be her for three nights before traveling to Alamosa, CO and Great Sand Dunes NP.

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Link to Black Canyon NP Information Site

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