Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Gunnison National Park, Colorado: Black Canyon

The Gunnison River eventually joins to Colorado River, and it does some carving of the landscape along the way. Visitors to one of the newest of our national parks get to see some of the oldest rocks on earth. They ae dark, which explains the name of the place. The views are pretty impressive, such as the one from the overlook pictured above.

We stayed on the south side of the river, bouncing along from spot to spot and actually going down a winding road to the water level at one point. (It's a great test for a rental car's breaks.) The north side also is nice but not as developed. Some of the roads are not paved.

The picture shows the top of the gorge and the interesting rock formations just below it. I sure do miss my panoramic camera; you can't find them in stores any more.

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