Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON
Big enough to be overwhelming, still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America. The canyon is 53 total miles in length which includes the 14 mile segment within the park. The canyon’s name owes itself to the fact that parts of the gorge only receive 33 minutes of sunlight a day.
With two million years to work, the Gunnison River, along with the forces of weathering, has sculpted this vertical wilderness of rock, water, and sky.
Established as a national monument in 1933, and re-designated as a national park in 1999. This National Park is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places as a historic district, due to the history of the canyon from the Ute Indians to the Denver & Rio Grand Railroad and finally becoming a National Park.