September 2006 - Four friends
(Morgan Luver, Kansas Kelly, Scotott, Judy and myself) and myself visited
the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park outside of Montrose.
Kelly kindly bought each of us a "finger puppet" stuffed animal and there
we were showing them off in front of the national park's entrance sign! Check out my porcupine! :)
The Black Canyon is a really deep canyon with the Gunnison River running
through it. It reminds me a lot of the Royal Gorge, except it doesn't have a "tourist trap" feel. We
drove along the south rim drive and stopped at numerous lookouts. Keep in mind the north rim
is less-traveled and offers equally grand views of the canyon. From I could gather, the drive
down along the east rim to the Gunnison River is also worthwhile.
A few more photos of the gang. Poor Kansas Kelly (bottom photo)
was a little bored but she hung in there. It is also pleasing to see she is
taking after me in snapping self-portraits of herself doing odd things
... like documenting how bored she was! :p)
Another nice view of the canyon.
One of the nicest views along the south rim is the "Painted Wall" area.
Note the explanation about how the Empire State Building in
New York City would only reach halfway up the canyon!
The overlook behind the park's visitor center.
Friends, I really liked this park. I will definitely be back to take on some of the
trails and drives on the north rim soon.