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-Fun Facts-
 *The park was originally established as a national monument in 1933. In 1999, Black Canyon was officially redesignated as a national park. 
*The park’s name comes from the extreme steepness of Black Canyon. This steepness makes it difficult for sunlight to reach the depths of the canyon.
*Most of the rocks throughout Black Canyon are from the Precambrian era, which is the earliest part of the Earth’s history. This means that the rocks in the park are more than 500 million years old! 
Where to stay? 
Black Canyon RV Park and Campground One of the best RV parks near the park, this campground offers spacious RV sites surrounded by the splendour of Colorado’s natural landscape.
South Rim Campground Another campground in the park and  close to the park’s South Rim Visitor Center and amphitheater, which features ranger programs in the summer.
Montrose/Black Canyon KOA campground is a peaceful campground located near downtown Montrose.
When to go? 
Winter  Snow falls in the canyon during the winter months with highs, ranging from 36 to 44 degrees from December through February. Along with snowflakes, winter brings free entrance to the park.
Spring In mid-April, the Black Canyon pulses with new life. Highs in April average in the low 60s along the rim of the canyon. Things warm up into the mid-70s by May.
Summer Explore Black Canyon in all its glory with a green hue that shines in the sun.
Fall Orange, reds and yellows burst onto the scene as fall sets in at Black Canyon. Fall is another great time to visit the park to avoid crowds. Plus, the vibrant hues make for beautiful hikes and photo opportunities. 
What to do? 
*Whip out those binoculars, folks. Black Canyon is a great place for birdwatching. 
*The inner canyon attracts expert climbers, hikers and kayakers looking for a challenge in the wilderness. But you don’t have to be a professional to enjoy the upper levels of the canyon. 
*The waters of Gunnison River are open for fishing. Fishers will be pleased to know that the Gunnison River area is designated as Gold Medal Water “because they provide outstanding angling opportunities for large trout.”    
To see where you could visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park as part of a longer trip, please see our fantastic Tourbook with 33 suggested itineraries here. For more information and how to book, contact your tour operator or travel agent.

 

Posted by: Cruise America & Canada RV Rentals Inc
Posted on: 15/07/2021

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