Black Canyon, Part 2

Most of the major canyons of the U.S. Southwest were formed by rivers eating through sedimentary rock over eons, typically forming wide, colorful, and often gently-stepped chasms. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison River is an exception to this tendency and is unusually steep, dark, and rugged.

Black Canyon 3902The gorge reaches depths in excess of 2,000 feet while being only 1,500 feet across. This must be seen to be truly appreciated. We had time only to drive the rim road and peek down from vantage points provided by some of the short access trails that started at the road’s edge.

Black Canyon 3986The approach from Montrose is easy and well-marked. I dearly hope to be able to manage a return and spend more time there, hopefully next time without a sore knee.


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4 Responses to Black Canyon, Part 2

  1. seekraz says:

    Wonderful…thank you for this second look, Gary.

  2. krikitarts says:

    Thanks for that–it is surely worth a second look. My best for your holidays, Scott!

  3. There are so many places we as photographers and general appreciators of nature would like to invest more time visiting and discovering. This looks like a wonderful place to do just that. I hope you get to return in the near future, Gary.
    Sorry to hear about the knee. I hope it is just a bruise and nothing longer lasting.

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks for the kind wishes. It’s not just a bruise, but I’m making do and it’s bothering me less and less. Though it’s slowing me down, I’m not letting it stop me from doing what needs to be done. We’ll see how it holds up in New Zealand…

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