Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP

Although we were disappointed not to be spending more time in Rocky Mountain National Park, we were not going to miss the cold overnight temperatures in the forecast!  Several thousand feet lower in elevation, Montrose was forecast to drop “only” into the low 40’s.    

Since we hadn’t been able to secure a camping reservation at the Black Canyon NP, we booked a stay at the KOA in Montrose.  It had electric hookups and we had brought an extension cord and our little space heater with us, so we were nice and cozy during our three night stay.  But honestly, that — and the clean bathrooms — are about the only thing it had going for it.  We wouldn’t stay there again.  The bathrooms were clean and the campground itself was tidy, but the tent campsites were on the edge of a dusty parking lot and the whole thing just felt sketchy.  I even suggested to Jeff in the middle of the first night that we just leave in the morning.  But as sometimes happens, things felt better when the sun came up.  While we still didn’t care for the campground, we decided to stick around so we could go to the National Park – and we’re glad we did.

Black Canyon was a repeat stop for me, having visited the first time I drove across the U.S. (although at that point it was a National Monument).  Black Canyon is one of the steepest, narrowest canyons in North America.  The gorge is over 2,000 feet deep but only 1,500 feet across, so the sun briefly illuminates the walls giving the Canyon its name.  Luckily for us, it’s also one of the least visited National Parks.  At a time when it feels like half of America has decided to go camping and to National Parks, the relative quiet and lack of crowds made for a refreshing visit.

Since we were staying in the area for three nights, we decided to spend two days at the park, hiking on the first day and driving to the various overlooks on the second.  

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As you can tell from the pictures, the views were outstanding.  We agreed that we’d love to go back and actually stay at a campsite in the park itself one day – not the KOA.  

Next stop: Colorado National Monument. 

6 thoughts on “Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP

    1. We found the KOA caters more to campers and RVs but in a pinch…usually had laundry facilities and electric that the more scenic and remote spots lacked, so once in a while. Sounds like your adventure continues regardless of the terrain, Rocky or liquid!
      We’re in the Keys for a few weeks, but hauling Nina in Marathon for December and January to attend to family and other therapist matters, including travel to Argentina. Back aboard early March for a late season run to the Bahamas and Exumas if allowed. Hope our paths cross again someday!

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      1. We’re continuing to try to maximize the adventures in life. 🙂 Fingers crossed you’re able to get back to the Bahamas in March. The weather will be better then anyway. Next year we likely won’t cross before February 1st. I definitely hope we can share an anchorage again next year! Kimberly

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    2. Amazing scenery out there, and so different from the water. 🙂 We miss the boat though. Next year I’ll be back to blogging about our travels south on Pegu Club! Kimberly

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  1. beautiful photos.

    On Thu, Nov 18, 2021 at 4:06 PM Adventures on the Club – on shore leave! wrote:

    > Kimberly posted: “Although we were disappointed not to be spending more > time in Rocky Mountain National Park, we were not going to miss the cold > overnight temperatures in the forecast! Several thousand feet lower in > elevation, Montrose was forecast to drop “only” into the” >

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