Photos from the South Rim, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The nearest town is Montrose in western Colorado, about 5 hours drive from Denver.
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black canyon of the gunnision
Late afternoon light streams
across the Black Canyon
gunnison river in black canyon
Gunnison River from
Pulpit Rock overlook

Sunset, Black Canyon of the
Gunnison National Park
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The North Rim seen from
Chasm View at twilight
black canyon chasm view
The Black Canyon
from Chasm View

The Gunnison River from
Sunset View, at sunset
Black Canyon of the Gunnison is one of the smaller and still relatively sparsely visted of the National Parks. The main attraction here is the spectacular gorge cut by the Gunnison river, notable not so much for its great depth (though it's still 2000 feet) but for its narrow width, which gives it a dark and claustrophobic character. Both the North and the South rims can be visited (separately, there's no bridge anywhere nearby) though only the road to the South Rim is paved, and there are a number of mostly short and pleasant hikes along or near the rim. Hikes into the canyon are very steep (the most popular route descends 1800 feet in just one mile) and require a permit. For photography there's good light in the late afternoon near the South Rim visitors' center, while for sunset you'll want to head almost to the end of the paved road where there are good west-facing viewpoints along the river (including the aptly named "Sunset View").