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The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park encompasses a 12-mild stretch of the Gunnison River, where the river has carved a deep, narrow gorge through the southern end of the Gunnison uplift. Ranging between 1,730 and 2,425 feet deep, the canyon runs from the Blue Mesa dam northwest toward Delta. The park has several overlooks, a limited system of trails, a campground, and a visitor center. There are two entrances to the park. The North Rim entrance is reached from Rt. 92, which runs east out of Delta. The South Rim entrance is reached from Rt. 50, which runs east out of Montrose. During the winter, the North Rim road and the campground are closed, while the South Rim road is only open up to the visitor center. There are several trails and overlooks that remain accessible throughout the winter, and the visitor center remains open though fees are not collected at the entrance booth. For more information about the geology responsible for this canyon, see Roadside Geology of Colorado by Halka Chronic and Felicie Williams.
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