Gunnison 


Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park or more simply, Black Canyon or Gunnison is in southwest Colorado. It is deeper than the Grand Canyon and gets as narrow as a quarter-mile. We spent a most delightful night/morning there. Anne is seen here modeling its namesake feature, a 32 mile long, 2000 foot deep canyon that in the last 200 million years the Gunnison River has been carving. We had a wonderful campsite, probably the best that we’ll see. We enjoyed two ranger programs, both curated by Ranger Molly. Gunnison is an official black sky area and the first program was a talk about stargazing and nighttime wildlife. It was followed by actual stargazing. An impressive array of telescopes were available. The largest one being a 20″ reflector. The next morning, Molly ran a geology hike, along the canyon’s rim. It was very informative. While the canyon is only 200 million years old, the exposed rocks are upwards of two billion.

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