Montrose, Colorado is considered the gateway to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Montrose and the KOA that we stayed at made for a nice stop for a few days to explore the area and the National Park. The KOA that we stayed at was one of the better ones that we’ve seen. It had nice long pull throughs, plenty of room for our 45 foot motor home and our tow behind and nice grass between the sites. The very bright rainbow that appeared one evening made for some nice photo ops.
The National Park was just a short drive up the road which made it very convenient.
The “Black” in Black Canyon gets it’s name because it’s so deep, so sheer and so narrow that very little sunlight can penetrate it.
Fun Fact: According to the NPS info, in just 48 miles in the Black Canyon the Gunnison River loses more elevation than the 1500 mile Mississippi River does from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The power of the fast falling enables the river to erode tough rock.
The river drops an average of 96 feet per mile in the National Park. It drops 480 feet in one 2 mile stretch. Fast, debris-laden water carving hard rock made the canyon walls so deep.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
We had a great day for hiking this area. We took the South Rim Road from the Visitor’s Center that takes you along the rim, winding up to an elevation of over 8200 feet. There are many over look areas and areas you can get out and hike to various points of interest. Some you can even rappel down to the water if that’s your thing. That’s a little too much for me though.
It was such a nice day that David got his Quadcoptor out and did some flying. Not much though as the wind picked up and as you can imagine, between the higher elevation and the wind tearing up the cliff walls, that can make for some hard flying. The elevation plays a factor as it makes it more difficult to get lift, thinner air and all. The motors are working harder as well and therefore the batteries do not last as long. So you must really watch your time that you spend in the air.
David Got The Quadcoptor Out And Did Some Flying
David did manage to capture some nice video footage despite the wind.
You also have the issue of the deep canyons, for if your battery start to run low, the programming on the quadcoptor tells it to start to slowly descend to land. If over a canyon at that time, it’s over. So short flights and a constant eye on power is and was a must. There was so much more we would have loved to fly but could not risk it.
So if you find yourself in this area of Colorado, Montrose and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park are worth the stop.
All in all, we hope you enjoy this wonderful view of the Black Canyon National Park with a hello to those we met on the trails.