July 2, 2015
Happy 4th of July to all...God Bless America!
|Entrance station to Black Canyon...|
At the top of our list this year was a visit to Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP right here in Montrose.
This NP offers a view of some of the steepest cliffs and oldest rocks in North America. It has taken the Gunnison River over two million years, along with forces of weathering, to sculptor a "verticle wilderness" of rock, water and sky.
|At it's narrowest point, the canyon is only 40 ft. wide.|
|The Black Canyon is so named because of it's steepness which makes it difficult for sunlight to penetrate into it's depths making the cliff walls appear black.|
|Rapids from a swiftly flowing river...|
|In some places, the river only receives 33 minutes of sunlight a day.|
|I wish you could hear the sound of the river...|
|The Painted Wall...the tallest sheer cliff in Colorado at 2,250 feet.|
Up next...a jaunt into the San Juans.