Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Hiking Trails in the Gunnison

Many trails pass by steep dropoffs, so be cautious and keep a close watch on children.   Hikers should be aware that limited cattle grazing is permitted on the North Rim. Please keep cattle gates closed should you encounter them.   SOUTH RIM   Rim Rock Nature Trail Moderate - 1 mile round trip As its name ...

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Connie Rudd
Black Canyon of the Gunnison's unique and spectacular landscape was formed slowly by the action of water and rock abrading down through hard Proterozoic crystalline rock. No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths offered by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. With a plethora of recreational activities, including hiking and ranger guided programs, there are many ways to experience Black Canyon.
Park Open Info: 
North Rim - mid-April; South Rim - Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
North Rim - late November; South Rim - Year-round
Park Acreage: 
32950
Highest Point: 
Poison Spring Hill (inholding)
Highest Point Elevation: 
9040 feet
Visitor Count: 
160450
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Gunnison River; The Painted Wall
Endangered Species: 
American Peregrine Falcon; Gray Wolf; Columbian White-tailed Deer
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $15; Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $7; Black Canyon Annual Pass: $30
Nearest Major City: 
Montrose, CO
Gateway Communities: 
Montrose, CO; Crawford, CO; Cimarron, CO; Olathe, CO; Hotchkiss, CO
Nearby Airports: 
Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ); Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC); Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT)

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