Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

The sheer gorge of the Black Canyon is so deep and narrow that it only gets 33-minutes of sunlight each day in some areas, owing to its namesake. Containing 12 of the 48 total miles of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is like nothing else you’ll ever see.

The steep canyons cast dark shadows, shrouding the mountainsides in mystery while the Gunnison River below trudges downhill (at the Chasm View it drops its fastest- a rate of 240 feet per mile).

Stop at popular Rim Drive overlooks (Chasm View, Painted Wall, Pulpit Rock, and Sunset View) or drive into the canyon through East Portal for 2 amazingly different viewpoints.