Earlier this month my family and I traveled across Colorado to visit the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, near Montrose, Colorado. Ever since my “mom retreat” last summer I’ve talked to my husband about going back, and I am so glad he said YES!
We had talked about going to the North Rim, where I had a fabulous time hiking during my retreat, but instead of another hours drive, we pulled into the South Rim campground. On this side of the canyon there are various hikes along the rim, and a drive through tour of specific lookout points.
In this photo my husband and daughter look as though they are “outside” the guard fence, but there was actually a walkway off to that side, just so daredevils can make mom freak out a bit.
While I have this growing love for canyons, I prefer to keep the guard rail firmly between me and the edge!
Also along the South Rim, one can drive down the East Portal Road, down to the river. While we were there, the park was pretty quiet, and we had a delightful picnic by the river. While we were there, we came upon this area full of swallowtail butterflies. Reminded me of our time on the wetlands in British Columbia.
Have you ever been to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison? What other places like this do you recommend we explore in Colorado or neighboring states?