Bradley's View

Bradley's View

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison/Silverton

     Leaving Leadville, the highest incorporated city in North America, was bittersweet.  We received an opportunity to stay there for the summer to work and play, but declined and kept our focus on the journey as planned.  The drive on 1-70 was stunning, as we passed through the Glenwood Canyon, forged by the Colorado.  We had the privilege of staying at the beautiful Four Mile Creek Bed and Breakfast.

     In this cozy cabin by the creek.  The evening of our arrival we visited the local brewery, which was very impressive and then dined at the local favorite (for good reason) The Pullman.  The following morning we enjoyed the delicious breakfast that was prepared for us, soaked in the hot springs, and headed on our way.

       As we headed south from Glenwood Springs the canyon opened up to reveal a stunning view of Mt Sopris (~12,950 ft).

There were waterfalls feeding the Crystal River plummeting from the canyon walls.  Hays Falls is pictured here

       We elected to take the road less traveled and head to Black Canyon of the Gunnisson National Park, a place that each of us had long dreamt of seeing.  Needless to say, the drive up was beautiful (see above).

     It was everything we thought it'd be.  And more.  The canyon is truly breathtaking.  Like most canyons, the grandeur is nearly impossible to capture with pictures.  Or words.  Or even with your eyes...  This particular canyon is less than a mile wide, I mean, you (one) could hit a golf ball across it with a strong backwind, yet it drops about 1,800 ft, does not pass go, does not collect $200.  In fact, there aren't even any maintained trails to take you down to the Gunnisson River, but there are ways, thats an adventure for another day, though.

     So cool.  Not the guy.  The big crack.

      The drive from Black Canyon of the Gunnison to Silverton, CO was unparalleled.  In the picture above you can see the approach to the town of Ouray, right before the haul up and over Red Mountain Pass.

      The road was just as the sign above dictates...

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