Rocky Mountain National Park shouts its beauty, but Black Canyon of the Gunnison whispers. The canyon is impressive in age, steepness, and beauty, but not many people know about this Colorado gem. We like it that way.
Since we visited this park during the start of the off-season, we encountered almost no other people in our four days there. We were able to camp for half price, hike a route down into the canyon, try (and fail) at fly fishing, and gaze upon the beautiful overlooks, with almost no other people in sight.
- Where your planning begins: NPS Website
- Our article, The Hardest 5 Miles of My Life
- Our Video Highlights
- Our Facebook Photo Gallery
- Drive the scenic drive and stop at the overlooks to gaze into the canyon
- Stop by the Visitor Center to learn more about this impressive canyon
- Hike or drive into the canyon for a different perspective via the Gunnison Route or the East Portal Road
- Hike a different route into the canyon and backpack at the bottom. Be sure to get a permit first!
- Visit the more remote North Rim area
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In August 2015 we left our jobs and our home to go on a tour of all 59 National Parks across the US during the NPS Centennial year. We spent a year immersing ourselves for about 5 days in each park as we tent camped, hiked, biked, backpacked, kayaked, and climbed our way through the challenge and adventure of our lifetime.
We are Cole and Elizabeth, twenty-something Missourians turned National Parks explorers - constantly seeking to find new adventure and ourselves. Follow our journey for pictures, videos, park tips, and stories - because after all, the Parks are for sharing.