Posted by: sunnyharvy | July 15, 2014

Black Canyon of the Gunnison from Two Perspectives

We reluctantly left Telluride behind and took a beautiful drive through the Rocky Mountains to Ouray, Colorado and on to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. This lesser known national park features some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America.

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We took several short hikes from the scenic drive along the south rim plus a ranger guided boat ride at the bottom of the canyon.

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To reach the boat we drove down a dirt road, climbed down 232 steps, and hiked a mile along what was left of the bed that once bore the tracks for the Denver and Rio Grande Western narrow gauge railway. Completed with much difficulty in 1882 and billed as the “Scenic Line of the World,” it ran through some of the most rugged country in the West for 67 years.

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 Sure glad we didn’t witness this rock slide!

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Responses

  1. Awesome, the EARTH is so BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Never got to float on the Gunnison – how cool !

  3. wow these photos are like being there


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