Traveling in Colorado
BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON NATIONAL MONUMENT
13,672 acres. Situated in west-central Colorado, this National Monument protects 12 miles of the steep and dramatic canyon of the Gunnison River. The area includes pinyon-juniper woodlands and brushlands, with mule deer, elk, and bighorn sheep among the wildlife.
Activities: A few easy hiking trails run along the rim. Backpacking as well as hiking are possible on several unmarked and difficult routes which lead down into the canyon. Horseback riding is limited to one trail along the rim.
Some challenging rock climbing is available on the canyon walls. Climbers must register before and after climbing. Fishing is allowed along the river. Hunting is prohibited.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed in the canyon. A free permit must be obtained. Only a limited number of sites are available alongside the river, and quotas are observed. Campfires are prohibited here, as are pets.
For Further Information: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument, 2233 East Main Street, Montrose, CO 81401; (303)249-7036.