Back in August 2012 we spent time in Curecanti National Recreation Area and did some hikes along the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, hiking down into the canyon, and even taking a boat ride on the Gunnison River.
Since we didn’t actually visit the national park while we were there, and Cedaredge is about 40 miles from the North Rim, we thought it would be a good place for a day trip and a hike. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park contains only 14 miles of the 48 mile canyon, ranging in depth from 1,800 to 2,700 feet. The South Rim is the most visited since it is easier to access, being just 15 miles from Montrose. The North Rim is more remote and is accessed from a 6 mile dirt road 5 miles south of the small town of Crawford, CO. There is no visitors center, just a ranger station with park maps, a couple outhouses, and a five mile drive with scenic overlooks, 14 miles of hiking trails, and a small campground. We opted to do several short trails to overlooks since although we were at almost 8,000’ it was in the mid 80s with very little shade.
Our favorite was the North Vista trail that begins at the ranger station, where we hiked 1.5 miles to Exclamation Point. You just have to love that name!
At its narrowest the canyon is only 40 feet across. It isn’t the Grand Canyon but it’s pretty impressive.
On another note, I’ve been going to the animal shelter in Cedaredge a couple times a week to socialize with the kittens. They have at least a dozen one to two month old kittens and several of them are very skittish and need more human contact to get them ready for adoption so I am happy to oblige. Jim came with me once but you know him, way too soft hearted and wants to give them all a home! My favorite is Gilligan, the gray and white one at the top right. He’s not one of the shy ones.