Black Canyon of the Gunnison Is a Park of Extremes
62 Parks Traveler started with a simple goal: to visit every U.S. national park in one year. Avid backpacker and public-lands nerd Emily Pennington saved up, built out a tiny van to travel and live in, and hit the road. The parks as we know them are rapidly changing, and she wanted to see them before it’s too late.
Pennington has returned to traveling and is committed to following CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of herself and others. She’s visiting new parks as they open and closely adhering to best safety practices.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison is not a hikers’ park. That fact became abundantly clear to me as I inched my van along South Rim Road, mouth agape at the sheer cliffs of dark, metamorphic rock. I parked at the visitor center, laced up my boots, and got ready for a long day of scrambling. To fully experience this destination, I would need to climb into the canyon’s jagged .... Continue Reading at Outside Online