High Water Expected Through Black Canyon of the Gunnison
High water releases from Crystal Dam are expected throughout late May and into June. Peak water flow is predicted to approach 8,000 cubic feet per second through the main gorge of Black Canyon. The river will be fast, cold, deep, and irregular. More »
Annual Climbing Closure
The annual climbing closure to protect nesting raptors has been updated as of June 25, 2014. More »
Who Goes There?
Pre/Post Visit & In Classroom Activities (243k pdf)
The Five Senses
Pre/Post Visit Activities (198k pdf)
Black Canyon Habitats (Field Trip) Join our rangers to explore the varied habitats of the Black Canyon. Students will take part in four activities. They'll build a mini-plant scope to explore the flora of the rim, a scavenger hunt hike to search for components of a healthy habitat, learn about the job of a park ranger (or a geology related activity), and watch a wildlife video in the visitor center. (4 hours)
Field Trip Activities (508k pdf)
Did You Know?
Poison ivy is abundant at the bottom of Black Canyon. It can grow over 5 feet tall along the Gunnison River.