Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park lies in the west side of central Colorado. The park contains about a quarter of canyon of the Gunnison River. The river loses a little over 30 feet of elevation per mile. The park contains a large variety of plant and wildlife including numerous types of trees and more than half a dozen large mammals.

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park Photos

Vegetation on the Cliffs at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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Vegetation on the Cliffs at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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The Painted Wall, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Montrose, Colorado, USA

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The Painted Wall, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Montrose, Colorado, USA

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The impressive Painted Wall consists of very old Precambrian gneiss and schist rock that is cut by lighter colored pegmatite veins, which are also Precambrian in age. The wall is over 2,000 feet tall and is made of some very impressive, very old, and very beautiful rock. Reference

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Cutting a Canyon

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Cutting a Canyon

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado

Standing on the Pulpit Rock overlook, peering into the Black Canyon below. The Gunnison River was already in place before a local geological uplift began a few million years ago. The river commenced cutting down as the land lifted, carving a deep, narrow canyon through the hard Precambrian metamorphic rock. The average depth of the canyon is 610 meters (2000 feet) and its width ranges from 823 to 533 meters (2700 to 1750 feet).

Lighting the Abyss

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Lighting the Abyss

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado

The Gunnison River, a tributary of the Colorado River, has a section of gorge that is extremely deep and very narrow with impressively sheer walls carved into Precambrian basement rock. It is said that certain parts of the gorge receive direct sun light for only a half hour a day, hence the name "Black Canyon".

This section of the canyon near the Painted Wall was being lit by the setting sun. The light colored streaks of rock in the canyon walls are pegmatite, a volcanic intrusion also from Precambrian times.

Depth

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Depth

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park's Painted Wall from high above a couple of Augusts ago (8-8-2016) while visiting family that was vacationing in Ridgway, Colorado. I occasionally open the folder full of .raw files and mutter, "meh" when seeking something to process from the archives. It was a family visit and most outings were midday and certainly not geared to favor lighting. In fact, I hesitated to post this because of the heavy processing that was required but, occasionally, I have to share the sights just the same. :)

Black Canyon of the Gunnison (canyons_2013_5107)

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado, USA

An afternoon at Black Canyon #3

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An afternoon at Black Canyon #3

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is near Montrose, Colorado. Parts of the canyon are very narrow with vertical walls of up to 2300 feet in height. Those walls attract world class rock climbers.

An afternoon at Black Canyon #5

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An afternoon at Black Canyon #5

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is near Montrose, Colorado. This is a zoomed photo showing detail of the boulder-strewn Gunnison River at the bottom on the Canyon.

An afternoon at Black Canyon #4

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An afternoon at Black Canyon #4

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is near Montrose, Colorado. Parts of the canyon are very narrow with vertical walls of up to 2300 feet in height. Those walls attract world class rock climbers.

An afternoon at Black Canyon #1 [explore]

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An afternoon at Black Canyon #1  [explore]

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is near Montrose, Colorado. Parts of the canyon are very narrow with vertical walls of up to 2300 feet in height. Those walls attract world class rock climbers. This particular overlook is at Pulpit Rock.

An afternoon at Black Canyon #2

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An afternoon at Black Canyon #2

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is near Montrose, Colorado. Parts of the canyon are very narrow with vertical walls of up to 2300 feet in height. Those walls attract world class rock climbers. This particular overlook is at Pulpit Rock.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

StevenM_61 posted a photo:

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Rock formations from Chasm View

Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado

Looking up the canyon from, I think, Chasm View.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Side canyon from Chasm View.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Late day light into the pretty canyon located in Colorado

An afternoon at Black Canyon #6

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An afternoon at Black Canyon #6

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is near Montrose, Colorado. Parts of the canyon are very narrow with vertical walls of up to 2300 feet in height. Those walls attract world class rock climbers.

The source- Gunnison River at the bottom of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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The source- Gunnison River at the bottom of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Painted Wall, Black Canyon of the Gunnison

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Painted Wall, Black Canyon of the Gunnison

The rock streaks give Painted wall its name.