Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The Gunnison River at the bottom of the canyon. The camera doesn't come close to capturing how steep (and awesome) the canyon is. At it's deepest point, it's 2,722 ft from cayon rim to floor.
The canyon is 53 miles long, with 14 of those miles inside the national park. Rock fins. The opposite canyon rim, with the Rocky Mountains in the background.
The Gunnison River. Flowers on the canyon rim. Looking across the canyon.
The Painted Wall. Looking up canyon from the Painted Wall. 2,250 ft from the top of the Pained Wall to the bottom.
Hiking the Oak Flat Trail. Pegmatite stripes. Because the canyon is so steep and narrow, sunlight doesn't have much of a chance to hit the walls.
There are no trails down to the canyon floor, but there are spots where you can scramble down without any clear path. It's an all day trip, and I didn't have the time. Not as steep towards the end of the park. Another view from the Oak Flat Trail. If you're short on time, I'd probably skip it. You get much better canyon views from the viewpoints along the scenic drive.
The result of 15 million years of erosion. The steep drop. Pretty sure this a view from Warner Point.

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