• Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    Black Canyon Of The Gunnison

    National Park Colorado

Black Canyon Dimensions

Inner canyon.
Lynch/NPS
 

The Black Canyon is incredibly deep and sheer, with plunging cliffs, soaring buttresses and a thundering river. The following lists will help you understand the physical size of the canyon in comparison to other canyons and man-made structures.

Greatest Depth:

Warner Point
Chasm View
Gunnison Point
2,722 feet (829 m)
1,820 feet (555 m)
1,840 feet (561 m)


Narrowest Width:

At the rim (Chasm View)
At the river (The Narrows)

1,100 feet (335 m)
40 feet (12 m)


Total Lenth of
Black Canyon:
Total Length
Length in National Park
48 miles (77 km)
14 miles (22.5 km)

The River:







Average descent over the entire length of canyon:
43 feet/mile (8 m/km)

Greatest decent: Occurs in the park at Chasm View -
240 feet/mile (45 m/km)



 

COMPARISONS TO OTHER CANYONS

Hells Canyon, Idaho and Oregon
This is the deepest canyon in North America. At He Devil Peak on the Idaho side, the canyon is 8,043 feet (2,452 meters) deep.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
The deepest part of Grand Canyon is about 6,000 feet (1,829 meters) deep. The average depth is 1 mile or 5,280 feet (1,609 meters).

The Royal Gorge, Colorado
At the suspension bridge this canyon is 1,053 feet (321 meters) deep.

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone,Wyoming
At Artist Point Overlook the canyon is 1,200 feet (366 meters) deep.
New River Gorge, West Virginia
The deepest canyon in the eastern United States is 1,400 feet (427 meters).
Canyons of the Nahanni, Northwest Territories, Canada
This canyon is in the Canadian northwest and is 3,300 feet (1,006 meters) deep.

Barranca Del Cobre, Chihuahua, Mexico
Copper Canyon, in north central Mexico is 6,165 feet (1,879 meters) deep.

Vikos Gorge, Epirus, Greece
One of the deepest canyons in Europe, it reaches a depth of 3,280 feet (1,000 meters).

 

PAINTED WALL COMPARED TO MAN-MADE STRUCTURES
The Painted Wall is the highest cliff in Colorado. From river to rim it stands 2250 feet (685 meters).

 
Painted Wall compared to man-made structures.
 

1. Great Pyramids, Cairo, Egypt
None of the pyramids are large by today's standards, but for their time they are astounding. The tallest one is 449 feet (137 meters).

2. Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.
555 feet (169.2 meters) tall.

3. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
1,063 feet (324 meters) tall.

4. Empire State Building, New York, New York
Built in the Great Depression (1930s) it stands 1,250 feet (381 meters) tall.

5. Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), Chicago, Illinois
The highest building in the U.S. stands 1,450 feet (442 meters) tall.

6. Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo, Japan
The tallest observation tower in the world will stand at 2,080 feet (634 meters).

7. Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Opened in January 2010, this is the tallest building in the world at 2,717 feet (828 meters).

Did You Know?

Crystal Dam

Before the creation of 3 dams upstream of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, the Gunnison River was as much as 5 times more powerful than it is today.