Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

World-famous for scenery, this national park is also well-known among birders as a site for the often-elusive Dusky Grouse. Male grouse perform their spring displays individually in the oaks along the south rim road in spring. Green-tailed Towhees are numerous in the park, and this is a terrific place to see White-throated Swifts swooping dramatically along the cliff edges at eye level, to the music of Canyon Wrens. Sometimes even Gunnison Sage-grouse are seen near the park entrance. Mule deer can be numerous, and you are likely to see fat gray rock squirrels perched like hawks on top of shrubs.

County: Montrose

Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Pinyon/Juniper Forest, Cliff Face, Sagebrush, Grassland/Prairie, Scrub Oak Forest

Directions: From Montrose drive east on US 50 for six miles. Turn left (north) on CO 347 and continue to the entrance of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. To get to the north rim, drive to Crawford. Take CO 92 south of town for three miles. After Crawford State Park and Reservoir turn right (west). Follow the signs to the north rim.

Delorme: 56 D4
Roads of Colorado: 99 D3-E4

Dates of Access: Open all year, but North Rim road is closed in winter, typically from late November to late April
Hours: 24 hrs, Visitor Center: Summer 8 am to 6 pm; Spring and Fall 8 am to 5 pm; Winter 9 am to 4 pm
Ownership: National Park Service
Admission: National Park Service fee

Restrictions: Obey all rules and regulations

Parking: Paved parking lots
Lodging: Year-round camping (fee) or hotels in Montrose or Gunnison

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Standard for a National Park. South campground has accessible sites; some overlooks are accessible

Latitude: 38.554601
Longitude: -107.686197

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