North America’s Hidden Treasure: Black Canyon

Do you have a favorite place on Earth? I think I just found mine.

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in western Colorado is one of hidden treasures of the North America. This canyon is called Black because some parts of the gorge only receive 33 minutes of sunlight a day.

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The canyon is incredibly steep, it’s more than 2000 feet tall and it is probably one of the deepest and narrowest canyons I have ever seen in my life.

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You can access the park from the South or North Rim. The South Rim has more things to offer, such as a visitor center and picnic areas. We had no time to see both sides, so we only explored the North Rim, which is reachable only by an unpaved road (this road is closed during the winter) but has many breathtaking view spots.

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This park is less known than Grand Canyon (and very different, I’d say), so you won’t see many tourists there, which is great because it allows you to feel the magical nature around.

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Take a moment and listen to the sound of Gunnison’s rushing waters, which are 1723 feet (525m) away from you.

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Feel the magnitude of this place and think about how small and humble we are compare to these unique and massive rock formations.

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It is hard to imagine but the age of the Black Canyon rock is 1.7 billion years!

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