Are you planning a voyage to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park?

Adventure enthusiasts flock to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park for its boundless opportunities for exploration, while yogis seek its quiet solitude for enhanced meditation. Whether you have your sights set on a fast-paced adventure or a relaxing oasis, there is something to satisfy every taste at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

An expansive yet intimate escape from city life, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park exposes its visitors to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America. The Black Canyon was named due its precipitous cliffs, which make it difficult for sunlight to penetrate into its depths. In fact, Black Canyon boasts some of the steepest cliffs in North America, causing the rocky walls to appear black when shrouded in shadow.

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison Park In Colorado

If you are thinking about taking a trip to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, we would be honored to help you plan your visit! Our DTN team has already compiled a few ideas to help get you started:


Hiking is one of Black Canyon’s most popular activities – and for good reason! Hikers must navigate steep drop-offs and rocky terrain, but can expect the trek to be worth it. Hikers have a chance to catch a glimpse at a vast array of wildlife and animals – including lions and bears, oh my! There are a number of trails to explore along the way, including Rim Rock Natural Trail (one mile RT, pets permitted!), Oak Flat Loop Trail (2 miles RT) and the Cedar Point Nature Trail (2/3 of a mile RT, pets permitted!) – just to name a few. (DTN Tip: Poison Ivy is abundant at the bottom of Black Canyon and can grow to more than 5 feet tall. Learn how to spot and treat Poison Ivy before it’s too late.)


If fishing is on your agenda, then you are in for quite the catch! The Gunnison River is classified as Gold Metal Water & Wild Trout Water. Fishermen (and women!) are required to maintain a valid Colorado fishing license and must use artificial lure while reeling in their catch. Regulations remain in place and include daily limits as well as rules regarding how close visitors may fish in relation to Crystal Dam. (DTN Tip: ALL Rainbow trout are considered “catch and release.”)

Gunnison Point

Gunnison Point via NPS/Lisa Lynch


As a lover of all things water, I especially enjoy a great kayaking trip. However, visitors to Black Canyon are advised to kayak at their own risk. Even kayakers consider Gunnison River to be extremely challenging! The rapids within the national park are considered Class V and some sections are unrunnable. Please use caution! (DTN Tip: Water temperatures are cold year-round, usually around 50 degrees Fahrenheit or less. Swimming or wading is not recommended.

Hiking, fishing and kayaking are only three of many activities available to visitors at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The opportunities are truly endless! For additional park information and operating hours, please visit the Park’s website.

Have you had a chance to visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park? If so, we want to learn about your experience! What was your favorite part about your trip? Share your stories with us in the comment section below.