• Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    Black Canyon Of The Gunnison

    National Park Colorado

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  • 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 »

First Grade

Who Goes There?

Students become wildlife detectives using animal tracks and other signs to determine the presence of wildlife. Use of geometric shapes help students classify the vast array of animal signs found in nature. (60 minutes)

Lesson Plan

Pre/Post Visit & In Classroom Activities (243k pdf)

The Five Senses

Activities awaken the students' senses and demonstrate how they can be used to investigate the world around them. (60 minutes)

Lesson Plan

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)

Lesson Plan

Field Trip Activities (508k pdf)


Did You Know?

Poison Ivy

Poison ivy is abundant at the bottom of Black Canyon. It can grow over 5 feet tall along the Gunnison River.