Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado - coordinates:
Trailhead - N38° 33' 45.3" W107°
Canyon (bottom) - N38° 34' 29.6" W107°45'
Directions from Denver, Colorado: take US-285 South for about 125 miles
turn right at US-50 and head West
past Lujane, CO take US-347 North for about 13 miles - you're in the park
It takes about 5 hrs to drive to the park from Denver. We didn't get
there until about 12 o'clock noon. And the hike wasn't that long, maybe
6 or 7 miles tops. But, because most of the trip you end up walking on a
side of the mountain, it just takes a little longer. Also, there is no
maintained trail which just adds to the excitement.
There is really not that much to walk around down in the inner canyon.
You can probably go 2 miles upstream and 1 mile downstream. But the
views are truly breathtaking.
Vicious bastards, squirrels, broke into the tent for some food. I've
been hunting their cousins ever since. Oh, on the way up it is really
easy to lose the trail (no maintained trails - see comment above). And
GPS will not help you as you get no coverage in a canyon. Just keep on