Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
My first National Park in Colorado was one in a series of many stunning canyons that I have seen all over the the country. This steep and narrow gorge in the desert had no shortage of epic views from the edge. I arrived at the South Rim and stopped at the Visitor Center before joining a 1 hour geology talk with a ranger. We learned about the formation of the canyon and it’s geologic components, while stopping to observe a golden eagle gliding above after walking toward Tomichi Point via the Rim Trail. I continued driving Rim Drive Rd. west and stopped at Pulpit Rock, Devil’s Lookout, Chasm View and finally Painted Wall View. Each location provided a unique look at the canyon formations and Gunnison River below. The various “veins” of lighter-colored rock running through the canyon walls stood out to me especially. Again, I stopped at the visitor center to collect myself a souvenir and watch a short park film. Finally, I spent my evening at an affordable $16 primitive campsite in the South Rim Campground and rinsed off using my Solar Shower Bag. The Colorado rains rolled in again and covered up the sunset, but I was glad to have things cool down again.