Saturday, July 27, 2019

A Vertical Landscape

More than twice as deep as it is wide, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a spectacular chasm. It is 2,250 feet deep and 1,100 feet wide at the top. In places it is only 40 feet wide at the river's edge. Thursday we hiked about three miles on the Upland and Rim Rock trails. As you can tell from the trail names, we didn't hike very far down toward the river. In fact, that requires a permit. The views were spectacular.

Even in late July, the wildflowers were still colorful.

Just look at these rock walls.  It must be a rock climber's paradise.  But nothing for older adults to attempt.

These lily-looking flowers with creamy white petals and colorful center were blooming by ones and twos in many places along the trail.


We have hiked here once or twice in the past. We were so glad to see this beautiful place again.

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