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Sep 9, 2018 - East Portal Road

A Fascinating History Why is this crazy, steep road here? -- So a tunnel could be blasted through the cliffs of Black Canyon. Why was a tunnel necessary? -- So the arid farm land to the west, in the Uncompahgre Valley, could be irrigated. Why was water needed in the Uncompahgre Valley? -- Because the Homestead Act of 1880 gave away this land to settlers after the Civil War. They arrived planning to ...um...homestead, but found that the water sources in the valley were unreliable. The arid land was useless without water. Other settlers in...

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Sep 9, 2018 - Scenic Drives

Sunday, September 9: Wandering the South Rim and dropping into Black Canyon Weather: Rain and lots of wind during the night, dawning cloudy and low 50sF with no wind, warming to high 70s by noon and strong gusty winds Route: Drove South Rim Road to High Point, stopping at each of the pull-outs along the way. Returned and drove down East Portal Road into the canyon to the river’s edge Highlights: - The tent and screen house survived the “car wash” rain and wind last night with only the latter getting wet around the inside edges. - We started...

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Sep 8, 2018 - South Rim & Oak Leaf Flats

Saturday, September 8: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Hiking Trails Weather: Clear and low 50sF with no wind, warming to high 70s by noon Route: Walked Rim Trail → Visitor Center → Ranger Geology Walk ½ way back on Rim Trail → Visitor Center → Gunnison Overlook → Oak Leaf Flats Loop → Uplands Trail → Campground Highlights: - This morning was warmer than yesterday. Hubby had a delicious breakfast started by 6:30 and helped organize me so we could leave by 8:00 for the Visitor Center. I looked forward to not sitting in the car...

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Sep 7, 2018 - Good? Bad? Not ugly!

Protecting the Mighty Gunnison River The Gunnison River drainage basin is so important to Colorado that it is not easy to briefly summarize all the aspects of the environments it affects. I apologize in advance for the volume of details included in this entry. If this is more than you care to know please feel free to skip to the next entry. There are 3 entities which try to protect the habitats of the Gunnison River 1. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park 2. Curecanti National Recreation Area, upstream from Black Canyon 3. Gunnison...

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Sep 11, 2016 - Durango, The Black Canyon, and Telluride

Colorado here we come….. From Monument Valley, we headed east to Colorado. Our next stop was near Cortez, a town in the far SW corner of Colorado. We stayed at the Mesa Verde RV Resort, a small, tidy RV park with some of the most spacious pull-thru sites that we’ve found anywhere. Set in the foothills of the San Juan Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the park offered us beautiful views of the San Juan Mountains to the East and Mesa Verde National Park to the south. This proved to be a good location where we could leave our trailer...

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Sep 22, 2015 - Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is located in western Colorado. There are three entrances to the park. The south rim entrance is located 15 miles east of Montrose, while the north rim entrance is 11 miles south of Crawford and is closed in the winter. The park contains 12 miles of the 48-mile long canyon of the Gunnison River. The national park itself contains the deepest and most dramatic section of the canyon, but the canyon continues upstream into Curecanti National Recreation Area and downstream into Gunnison Gorge National...

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2015 RV Adventure

Jun 16, 2015 - Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

It was raining just a bit when we got up and the temperature was in the low 50s. We wondered how the weather would be for our visit to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. We decided that we had no other choice than to make our way to the national park about an hour away. In the mountains it can be raining hard in one small area and the sun can be out just a few miles away. We packed a lunch again and put some of Penny's puppy chow in a baggie and with plenty of water with us, we drove west to the national park on U.S. 50. It was...

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Aug 29, 2014 - Black Canyon Nat'l Park

We had lunch in town, enjoying another small diner recommended to us. We fueled up the car and drove to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. We drove along the South Rim Road and walking out to most of the viewpoints. There were amazing views of the deep, dark canyon. Deep, Steep and Narrow Big enough to be overwhelming, still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time, Black Canyon of the Gunnison exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America. With two million years to work, the...

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Aug 25, 2014 - At Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Today we went on a boat tour of the canyon. This was a ranger-led tour that started about an hour south of our campsite. The boat dock parking lot was out in the boonies, and from there you walked down 252 uneven stairs and hiked a mile on a dirt path to get to where the pontoon boat was. But it was worth it! Very impressive to be on the water--the Gunnison River--looking up at steep canyon walls. And the ranger leading the tour was very good. At one point on the tour the canyon walls were 1,000 feet high above us, but in other places in...

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Aug 28, 2013 - Day 13 Sunday Aug. 25

Day 13 Sunday Aug. 25 We said goodbye to Herb and Janet and departed for The Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The drive through this part of Colorado is stunning. We drove through small towns with quaint names like Leadville and Granite and ran along beside the Arkansas River. Most of the area we traveled is part of the San Isabel National Forest. We counted 11 “fourteeners” on this drive some of which are part of what’s called the Collegiate Peaks. That’s because they are named after colleges....Mt. Princeton, Mt Harvard, Mt. Oxford, Mt....

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Western Sojourn

Aug 28, 2013 - Day 14 Monday Aug. 26 Black Canyon Day 2

It rained most of the night and there were heavy clouds when we awoke. The weather report we heard the day before led us to believe that today was probably going to be a lazy day spent reading and catching up on the blog. But, by the time we finished breakfast and cleaned up the dishes, it had become partly cloudy and warm. We headed for the overlooks along the canyon rim and planned to do a short hike at the last overlook. We stopped at the visitors center to see if there was wi-fi, but this park didn’t have it available. So…..no updates...

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Western Sojourn

Aug 6, 2013 - Black Canyon North Rim

We visited the Black Canyon National Park again today, this time we drove to the North Rim. The North Rim is reached by taking a six mile gravel road from the east end of Crawford State Park. The North Rim Road provides access to 6 overlooks. The canyon walls on the North Rim are almost vertical, offering some of the most impressive views found in the national park. It started to rain for part of our drive, we waited on the rain to stop and managed to enjoy all six of the scenic viewing areas. We noticed the walking paths to the scenic...

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