If you are new to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, be assured that you have never seen anything like it! What makes the Black Canyon so memorable is not only its depth or overall size, but its unmatched ratio of width to depth - at 2,250’, the Black Canyon boasts Colorado’s highest cliff (1,000’ higher than the Empire State Building)!
The North Rim is 11 miles southwest of Crawford, Colorado. From CO Highway 92, turn west on Black Canyon Road approximately 3 miles south of Crawford. Follow the road signs to the park. The last 7 miles are unpaved. The North Rim is closed to vehicles in the winter.
Just north of Montrose in west-central Colorado lies the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area (NCA), a diverse landscape ranging from adobe badlands to rugged pinyon and juniper-covered slopes. At the heart of the NCA, the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness Area encompasses a spectacular black granite and red sandstone double canyon formed by the Gunnison River.
The Grand Mesa in Colorado is the largest flattop mountain in the world, encompassing more than 500 square miles and standing over 10,000 feet above sea level. The Grand Mesa Scenic Byway is 63 miles through the national forest, providing beautiful vistas of the National Forest’s lakes, wildlife, and geological features.
Uncompahgre Peak is the sixth highest summit of the Rocky Mountains of North America and the U.S. state of Colorado. The prominent 14,321-foot fourteener is the highest summit of the San Juan Mountains and the highest point in the drainage basin of the Colorado River and the Gulf of California
The GMUG National Forests are centrally located among Colorado’s most iconic outdoor meccas including Crested Butte, Gunnison, Grand Junction, and Telluride. The residents of these towns, and visitors from around the world, come to the GMUG to enjoy the potential and Eligible Wild and Scenic Rivers such as Oh-be-joyful, Lower Taylor and Upper Uncompahgre, and recreate on the world class Continental Divide, 401 and Teocalli Ridge trails and find solitude Collegiate Peaks Maroon Bells-Snowmass and the Forests’ eight other Wilderness areas.