Unfortunately the northern back country of Colorado was covered by a smokey haze yesterday when we drove west from Grand Junction to see this park. It is coming down from the wild fires in Washington, weather reports claim this may clear up in another day or so. We still had a great day during our visit to the Black Canyon. It is one of our newer national parks (1999), but it has been a national monument since 1930. The first explorers here in 1870 claimed the canyon "inaccessible and foreboding". The first men exploring the canyon wrecked their two wooden boats on the Gunnison River which flows through the canyon. Characteristic of the river then was that it was fast flowing and debris-laden with rocks and other sediment.. Of course, the river has, over time, carved out the beautiful canyon we see today.
After we had made quite a few stops along the rim of the canyon viewing its unique features, we were ready to drive down into the canyon and explore its riverside area. I apologize for the poor quality of pictures here- between the haze and the fact that it is a black canyon, my camera seemed to do a poor job of capturing the beauty of this park!