Black Canyon National Park

There is no exaggeration in saying that the Black Canyon National Park is one of the nation’s most breathtaking scenic treasures. Carved through solid granite over countless millennia, the dark canyon walls plunge an awe-inspiring 2,700 feet to the Gunnison River below. 

As one of the nation’s hidden treasures, the Black Canyon allows visitors to immerse themselves in a memorable vacation experience undiminished by the ‘human drama’ often experienced in better-known destinations.  

Aside from its scenic splendor, the Black Canyon plays host to an amazing variety of outdoor adventures that make it a must-do for your Western Colorado vacation.  Take the simple approach and enjoy the canyon from one of the many vantage points along the rim, or accept our invitation to "Look Deeper" by exploring and discovering the canyon’s hidden gems. 

Watch Good Morning America's coverage of Black Canyon National Park as part of their celebration of the 100th National Park Service Anniversary.

Warm Season Activities

In Summer, the Canyon offers world-class fishing, hiking, traditional rock climbing (for more advanced climbers), stargazing, horseback riding, nature walkscamping, and many other adventures. Rafting and kayaking are also popular, but most of the river in the canyon is suitable only for the more experienced watersport enthusiasts due to the number of impassable stretches and class III - V rapids. Still, the canyon’s remote and dramatic beauty makes it a unique and satisfying destination for everyone.

Cold Season Activities

Winter brings the closure of the north rim entrance, as well as a whole new set of activities including stargazing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and back-country camping. Those same views that are so breathtaking and awe-inspiring throughout the summer are even more so when dusted in snow, beneath the quiet cold.

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