Attractions September 20, 2021
Coloradans Are Calling The Black Canyon Of The Gunnison The Best National Park In The State
If you had to name one of our incredible national parks as the best in the state, which would you choose? It’s a hard choice, but
BuzzFeed recently surveyed Coloradans and found that the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is the overall favorite, and here is why:
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As per BuzzFeed's recent
The Best National Park, Monument, Or Trail In Every Single State, According To People Who Live There - which asked members of their online community for their take - the Black Canyon of the Gunnison easily beat out Colorado's 3 other national parks (Rocky Mountain National Park, Mesa Verde, and Great Sand Dunes).
Located along the Western Slope, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a 48-mile-long gorge that encompasses the Gunnison River below and features dramatic walls and cliffs.
Featuring breathtaking views, camping opportunities, and sightseeing galore, there is plenty to love about the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, especially when explored on foot via one of the beautiful trails.
Said to house some of the oldest rock, most precipitous cliffs, and craggiest spires in the country, the Black Canyon is also unique in that the Gunnison River drops an average of 34 feet per mile (versus the Grand Canyon's Colorado River, which lowers an average of 7.5 feet per mile).
In the words of one BuzzFeed community member, "The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado is one the greatest sites I have ever seen. The Grand Canyon has nothing on this!"
We couldn't agree more!
Admission to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison is $30 per day per vehicle.
To learn more about the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, please visit the National Park Service's
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is open year-round, but please note that certain roads and portions of the Black Canyon may be closed due to poor weather conditions.
To learn more about Colorado’s other national parks, check out
The 6 National Parks In Colorado That Every True Coloradan Should Visit At Least Once. Address: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado, USA