park was originally established as a national monument in 1933. In 1999,
Black Canyon was officially redesignated as a national park.
park’s name comes from the extreme steepness of Black Canyon. This
steepness makes it difficult for sunlight to reach the depths of the
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.
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
When to go?
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.
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
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