Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

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What animals are in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison?
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There are literally hundreds of animal species in Black Canyon of the Gunnison.  You might see a mule deer every few minutes, but keep your eyes peeled as there's plenty more to look for.  Check out the complete list here (including Bird Species) as recorded by the Northern Colorado Plateau Network Inventory & Monitoring Program:
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Prescribed Burn Planned at Black Canyon National Park

May 1, 2009, 10:09 am
Federal fire officials from the Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit are planning a prescribed burn this spring on the North Rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The goal is to re-introduce fire into the ecosystem, reduce hazardous fuels, and improve wildlife habitat in the Grizzly ...

Snowshoe Walks, Winter Night Sky Programs Set at Black Canyon National Park

January 28, 2009, 7:44 am
Enjoy a snowshoe trek or learn more about the night sky through a couple of free programs at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National ...


Vernal Mesa Quartz Monzonite The term "Vernal Mesa Quartz Monzonite" was coined by J. F. Hunter in 1925 during his research in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The steepness of the walls of the Black Canyon owe their existence to this rock. The hardness of the rock and the ...

Sights to See

Cimarron Canyon Rail Exhibit At the mouth of Cimarron Creek, just upstream from where it spills into the Gunnison River, stands a reminder of bygone days in railroading. Locomotive #278, its coal tender, a boxcar, and caboose stand atop the last remaining railroad trestle along the Black Canyon of the ...


Camping NORTH RIM CAMPGROUND Open from Spring to Fall 13 sites in Pinyon-Juniper forest with vault toilets, tables and grills. Water is available mid-May to mid-October. No hook-ups. Vehicles greater than 35 feet are not recommended. Maximum 8 persons and 2 vehicles per site. Occasionally fills during summer months. All sites are ...


History & Culture The canyon has been a mighty barrier to humans. Only its rims, never the gorge, show evidence of human occupation - not even by Ute Indians living in the area since written history began.  1900 - Pelton Expedition Settlement of the Uncompahgre Valley, which lies just to the west ...


Support Your Park Western National Parks Association (WNPA) is a non-profit membership organization authorized by Congress to aid and promote educational and scientific activities within more than 70 park sites in the American southwest. WNPA has roots that stretch back to 1938 when a need was recognized for continuing the public's ...

Just For Kids

Ninth-Twelfth Grades Black Canyon-ology (Field Trip) Join our rangers as we explore the geology and history of the Black Canyon. This field trip can be offered on either the North or South Rim of the Black Canyon. (3-4 hours) Boating and Water Safety - This lesson, based on the Colorado Boating Safely ...

Natural World

Life Zones PINYON / JUNIPER FOREST The Colorado Plateau is a geologic region characterized by high deserts, deep canyons and "pygmy forests". These features can be found along the Warner Point Nature Trail, the highest elevation on the park's south rim. Pinyon pine and juniper trees dominate this forest type known ...

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