Black Canyon National Park was truly beautiful, it is less touristy. We seemed to be the only foreigners in the park!
After you enter the park, you will see the Visitor Centre first thing! We usually head to the Visitor Centre to ask for Trail and Sightseeing questions before starting our Journey! We also looked for the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Map for navigation. Click here to find out more about The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park!
It offers a scenic drive with 12 overlooks from the lake all the way up to the top of the mountain. The view of steep grades was just spectacular, every point shows a different angle of the mountain. You will never get bored of how the mountain looks. It’s like having different perspectives of a picture. On top of just driving, there are short hikes that will lead you to a closer, better view of the mountains. These hikes mainly range from the 0-1 mile with the exception of the last overlook, high point, that requires you to hike 1.3-1.4 miles.
We didn’t have enough time as we reached the national park in the late afternoon. Don’t get me wrong, the park doesn’t close but after sunset, this beautiful park is one of the best, darkest places to see the stars. We were afraid it would get too dark and dangerous to drive down the mountain. We actually left around 8/9pm which was already very dark. We almost drove into 2 deer crossing the road. Yes, Mule Deers! Fortunately, we were able to stop in time! We were just a few inches away from them and it was scary but I’m glad we stopped in time.
In addition, we caught the sunset at 7.50pm. It was gorgeous.
Our Top 4 Overlooks in The Black Canyon National Park, Colorado:
1. Sunset View
As the overlook, point suggests, it is really the best place to view the sunset. Sunsets are always pretty, but if you do like seeing the sunset with mountains around. This is your best bet! After the Sun have set, the entire place turns pitch dark. If you are driving down the Hill, please be careful of the deers on the roads!
I remember we almost crashed one deer when we were on the way down. It was not a very fun experience.
2. Cedar Point
The rocks were not painted by man but instead due to geological reasons. Rocks have fissures as new magma rises through these fissures and cool down. Thus, there is a difference in color of rocks that resulted in these painted walls.
Though there is a viewpoint called ‘painted wall view’ point, this overlook, Cedar Point has a better view of these ‘painted walls’. Do check it out, you will know what I mean. These painted walls make the rocks look like it was an art or as if the Native Americans were trying to tell a story. However, this is not man-made.
3. Cross Fissures
4. Warner Point; Warner Route Black Canyon
Warner point is located at the last point of the South Rim Road and it was definitely worth it! It will take you to climb up for about 30 to 40 minutes to the peak of the Mountain to see the views.
I remembered that me and my sister rushed to the top of the point very quickly as we were late for the sunset at Sunset Point! As you can see from the pictures above, the views were beautiful and worth it! It looked like the breathtaking views that we saw in Europe!
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Camping:
Black Canyon Campground: If you guys are thinking of where to stay, I would highly recommend you to stay in the Black Canyon Campground where unnatural light sources in the urban city will not interrupt your ability to see the almost 15,000 stars at night. It will be a good experience. Unfortunately for us, we had not bathed the day before at Great Sand Dunes and thus, did not want to spend another night without bathing again so we decided to stay at KOA just 5-minute drive away!
Private Campgrounds: KOA Campground!
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