Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Just For Kids

BE A JUNIOR PARK RANGER Help take care of your national treasures! Anyone between the ages of 5 and 12 can become a Junior Park Ranger at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. There are challenging activities in our Junior Ranger Book that you can do when you visit the ...

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Mule Deer

When driving through or hiking in Black Canyon, you have the opportunity to see a lot of different kinds of wildlife: elk, coyotes, magpies, eagles. But by far one of the most elegant and visible animals is the mule deer.   Mule deer are amazing animals. They have adapted to many ...

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Gunnison Regulations & Safety

Wilderness Use Permits:   A free permit is required for all backcountry and wilderness use (both day use and overnight) including hiking the innercanyon or off established trails, rock climbing and all river use. Permits are available at the South Rim Visitor Center, North Rim Ranger Station and East Portal registration ...

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Planning Your Visit

Things To Know Before You Come: SAFETY ON THE RIM Never throw anything from the rim into the canyon! Even a small stone can be fatal to hikers or climbers below. Stay on trails and supervise children closely. Weathered rock makes rim edges hazardous, and many places have no guardrails. ACCESSIBILITY The following ...

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Activities

THINGS TO DO:   Prepare yourself for 2,000 foot tall, narrow canyon walls dropping almost vertically to the Gunnison River.   The Black Canyon is known for crumbling rock, dizzying heights, and a lack of places to place protective equipment. Rock climbing is a challenge limited to highly experienced, expert climbers only.   Scenic Drives   South ...

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Bird Highlights

  Birds   Canyons aren't barriers to birds. In search of food and water, birds can readily fly to depths and heights forbidding for other animals, including humans.   The birds below represent those that live within the various habitats of the canyon, from the rim (top, Great horned owl) to the river (bottom, ...

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Camping in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison

    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 ...

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Flora & Fauna in the Park

WILDLIFE WATCHING   Black Canyon is a great place to go to observe mammals in their native and wild habitat. Wild animals are an important and vital part of our natural ecosystem. We humans can learn a great deal by carefully observing animals.   Wildlife watching can be extremely enjoyable and rewarding if ...

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Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area

The Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area consists  of 57,725 acres and was designated in the Black Canyon  of the Gunnison National Park and Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-76). The Black Canyon of the Gunnison Boundary Revision Act of 2003 (PL 108-78) expanded the ...

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Gunnison Tunnel

Gunnison Tunnel   SETTLING THE WEST   An early pioneer in Colorado faced many hardships. The land is rugged and the climate extreme, and as settlers to the Uncompahgre Valley soon realized, there is not enough water for farming. The Uncompahgre River just wasn't enough water to support irrigation of the valley, but ...

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