Black Canyon of the Gunnison

We got into camp at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park on Thursday after a beautiful drive through the mountains. We stopped to briefly check out the lovely Visitor Center. This Park was (only) a National Monument until 1999. We are going to call this My Birthday Park from now on since it became a National Park on October 21!

After dinner, we headed out and took a quick hike to Tomichi Point. The scenery is just stunning. We enjoyed all the different colors of the canyon as the sun started to set.

The campground is somewhat small – around 60 sites with only 1/3 having electricity. Unfortunately, the sites are somewhat close together but that is the price you pay for convenience. It is a bit of a drive out of the Park to the closest facilities or town. There are no water or dump facilities at all. You have to bring in whatever water you will need, except for drinking water at the very few fountains that are around. For us, this is a bit of a challenge since we have relatively small water and gray tanks and we are planning on staying four nights. Showers can more aptly be described as sponge baths under these conditions!

Miles hiked today: 1.5

Total miles hiked this trip: 18

National Parks visited today: 1

Total Parks/Monuments visited this trip: 3

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