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Southwest USA 2001
Colorado

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

  

The Gunnison River has carved a deep gorge, between 1000 and 2200 feet deep, in southwest Colorado.

This quiet National Park is well worth the visit.

 

  
The canyon is very narrow, about 1100 feet. In many places it is actually narrower than it is deep.

In this picture you can just see the river at the bottom.

Note the precipitous walls of the canyon. There are actually places that you can hike down, although we didn't.

  

The north rim (on the left) is much steeper than the south rim (on the right).

The river is visible in this photo, about 1700 feet below.

I mentioned that there are places that you can hike down...well that would involve scrambling down the a trail as steep as the slopes that you see on the right.

 

  
Here the canyon is at its deepest.  This spectacular wall is over 2000 feet high!
  

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