Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument spans 14 miles of the 53-mile stretch of the long Black Canyon that has been carved by the Gunnison River. The park is located in western Colorado. To get to the park, drive seven miles north on Colorado Highway 347 from the intersection with U.S. Highway 50 east of Montrose.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument was proclaimed a national monument in 1933, designated a wilderness in 1976 and eventually designated as a national park in 1999. The Park is unique in that no other canyon in the whole of North America combines the sheer walls, narrow opening and impressive depths that can be seen at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.
Besides these archeological features, the park also has a wide variety of flora and fauna to offer nature enthusiasts. Some of the plants that can be found native to the park include Gambel Oak, Utah Juniper, Sagebrush, Ponderosa Pine, Black Canyon Gilia, Aspen, Desert Mahogany, and the Single-Leaf Ash.
Animal species that can be found at the park include pronghorn, black bear, coyote, muskrat, raccoon, bobcat, beaver, cougar, mule deer, river otter, elk, six lizard species, and a wide variety of bird species.
Besides this rich biota and rich geology, the park has other recreational activities to offer including hiking, horseback riding, camping, mountaineering, rafting/kayaking, fishing, cross-country skiing, wildlife viewing, and interpretive programs.
If you bring your pet to the park, you need to be aware of the rules of the park. Some of the rules that relate to dogs include the following. First, you are not allowed to take your dog on most hiking trails, wilderness areas or inner canyon routes.
Secondly, dog owners are responsible for their dog’s behavior, and this means that any disturbance towards other park visitors or wildlife in the park could result in fines for the dog owner. The pet owner is also expected to be responsible for the health and safety of their pet including providing food, water and cleaning up after their dog.