Sunday, July 7, 2013

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

While in town for the Rally, we couldn't pass up an opportunity visit another National Park!  We knew we wouldn't really be doing any hiking at this point, but this park is great for just enjoying the views (though there is hiking available for those that want/have time to).  There are a lot of views (twelve, I think) you can pull off for, but if you're pressed for time, or you just don't enjoy taking the kids in & out of carseats a million times, there's a few great ones to check out.  My personal favorite was Painted Wall.  The view was spectacular, and there was an awesome breeze blowing out of the canyon.

After we were "viewed out" -- at least the kids & I were, we decided to drive down to the river.  It's definitely steep & curvy, but it was a pleasant change.  We found a spot we could pull off & walk down to the river to dip our feet in.  It was cold, bone-chilling actually!  We also found a few wild raspberries to snack on!

This was our first sight of the Black Canyon
This amazing view is just below the visitor center
I think this is called the "Sunset view"  It was one of my favorites.
We even matched that day, although Linda's belly is slightly bigger
We love to gross out the kids :)
This pretty girl loves to pose
Our favorite view: The Painted Wall
We had a great time visiting here, and it wasn't too hard on Linda since it was mostly viewpoints.

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