Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Add this to your list

Last year a friend sent me a link to a list of places in the US one must see. I made a note on my phone of those I hadn't experienced yet.

I'd heard of Black Canyon of the Gunnison before, and seen photos, so it was one of my first destinations in Colorado. Like the north rim of the Grand Canyon, the north rim of Black Canyon is less convenient to get to, therefore less crowded. So that's where I went.

The Park Service built a campground a short stroll from the rim, complete with a trail and observation decks. Some sites even have views of the canyon. They were occupied, of course. So I grabbed a spot under a tree.

Pictures can't do the place justice. It really is an astounding view. Everyone who came along the trail said, "Oh WOW!" It's about 2,000 feet almost straight down. I'm not afraid of heights, but I lose some of my sense of balance when looking through the camera. It's good there are occasional railings to lean against. Otherwise, there are spots you can walk right up to (and over) the edge.

"Hi. I'm the Gunnison River. I made this."


  1. I've followed you for a while. My daughter got married there exactly a year ago. We all camped at that same campground the night before. The 'boys' came up a few days early hiked down and climbed back up the wall. It's a great place.

    1. Did the vows include something like, "My love is as deep as this canyon?"