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Friday, August 26, 2016

Black Canyon of the Gunnison - North Rim

Between Gunnison and Cimmaron off Hwy 50; take highway 92 for a scenic drive. We are following the north rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison, but it is also part of the West Elk Scenic Loop...we are just  doing half of the loop.
Crossing over Blue Mesa Reservoir

The park service operates a boat ride down this section of the river; you have to walk down 200 plus steps to get to the boat which isn't too bad until you remember you have to come up those :)  It would be a great way to see the canyon for 24 bucks, not a bad deal

and the road curves this way then that way
 There were two trails we saw that you could go from the rim to the river...quite an elevation change and realizing you have to come back up...well, we crossed it off the list.  For those in good is 4 miles down with a 900 ft elevation change, now remember, you would have to come back up!

Yep, not walking down that !  Think the boat ride would be a better option :)

Morrow Dam overlook--breathtaking!  Those are the San Juan Mountains in the background.  A bit of fall color in the oak shrubs up here.

Leaving the canyon and coming into the town of Crawford there is an interesting rock called called Needle Point

The countryside of Crawford...
Time for lunch at Crawford State Park

1 comment:

  1. this is such a beautiful place to go have a peaceful evening at and bring out your inner creativity. i really want to visit the place now. thank you for posting with this