Visiting the Parks: Kakaying Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
There are more than a handful of national parks that seemingly were dreamed up with thrill-seekers in mind. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is one of them, particularly if you like getting wet.
Located in southwestern Colorado, the park is built around the Gunnison River, which has cut a deep, steep route through the Proterozoic crystalline rock found here. River runners long have been attracted to the Gunnison as it flows through Black Canyon. It's not for newbies, though. The river through Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park drops at an average of 95 feet per mile. By comparison, the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park drops an average of 7.5 feet per mile.