July 16, 2011

Colorado Springs to Black Canyon of the Gunnison

The drive through Colorado was so beautiful.

Leaving Colorado Springs, we followed the Arkansas River through the Rocky Mountains. It was a clear, sunny day as the whitewater rafters ducked and bounced along the winding river.

We were headed to our first National Park of the trip - Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The canyon rises 2200 feet on both sides of the Gunnison River.

There was also a "problem bear" in the area but he did not bother us.

Since the canyon is only a couple hundred feet across, the canyon receives very little sunlight. With minimal sun peaking into the canyon, the colors of the walls are mostly black with little hints of red.

Video from the Top of the Canyon

You can also drive twenty minutes down 16% grades to the Gunnison River itself.

Video from the Gunnison River at the bottom of the canyon.

Next we will continue our Colorado tour by heading Southwest to Mesa Verde National Park.

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Originally from Strongsville, OH, I spent 8 years in Raleigh, North Carolina and have since recently moved to Missoula, MT. I have been a runner all my life and have recently started pursuing ultra marathons. Any excuse to be outside and on the trails.