• 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 »

Management

DESIGNATIONS
The Black Canyon was proclaimed a national monument in 1933 by President Herbert Hoover. Congress made it a national park in 1999.

Congress has also designated the park lands below the canyon rims for additional protection within the National Wilderness Preservation System.

 

SUPERINTENDENT'S COMPENDIUM
The Superintendent's Compendium specifies designations, closures, permit requirements and other restrictions imposed under discretionary authority.
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GENERAL MANAGEMENT PLAN
This plan, created in 1997, provides Black Canyon and Curecanti with a long-range management program.
Download (14.2 MB pdf)

 

VISITOR USE STUDY
During the summer of 2010 a visitor use survey was conducted at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park by the University of Idaho Park Studies Unit. Download (169K pdf)

 

WILDERNESS AND BACKCOUNTRY MANAGEMENT PLAN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

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NOTE: The public comment period ended on October 27, 2011.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The Black Canyon contains some of the oldest exposed rock on Earth. Precambrian, or “basement” rock, is nearly 2 billion years old.