Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
credit: National Park Service
  • Located in western Colorado, near the town of Montrose.
  • Founded as a National Monument in 1933, became a National park in 1999.
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison provides opportunities to see spectacular and important geologic features, including some of the steepest cliffs in North America.
  • When you visit, take a hike on one of the nature trails to see the rock formations called Painted Wall and Dragon Point.
  • Black Canyon is home to the fastest bird in the world, the Peregrine falcon. Scientists estimate that Peregrines can reach speeds of over 200 mph in an aerial dive.
  • Poison ivy is abundant at the bottom of Black Canyon. It can grow over 5 feet tall along the Gunnison River.

Watch a video about some of the early exploration of the Black Canyon