2014 Trip Four, May 25, The Southwest

Montrose CO Sunday May 25

Our major experience today was the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The Black Canyon has been described as: “But no other canyon in North America combines the depth, narrowness, sheerness and somber countenance of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.” Its river rafting rating is Level 5 to unnavigable. So we did not raft it or swim it.

Our visit was confined to the south rim trails and overlooks. This was stunning enough. The bottom is dark due to little sunlight. (It did not help that today was overcast.) In just 48 miles, the river drops more elevation than the entire Mississippi from MN to LA. At its highest, the walls are 2772 tall.

I believe the best way today is simply to present pictures. Enjoy.

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Ed and Chris May 25 9:15 pm

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