Driving approximately 13 miles one way; about 1 hour roundtrip. Walking/hiking approximately 6 miles total throughout the day; about 4 hours; uneven, rocky trails.
At the hotel, we’ll have a buffet featuring a variety of hot and cold items to choose from, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Aboard our vans, we’ll travel to one of the nation’s newer national parks, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, established in 1999. Once we arrive, we will take several hikes along the South Rim of the canyon from a 1-mile loop to a 3-mile walk point to point. Embracing 20,766 acres, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park contains 12 miles of the deepest portion of the Gunnison Gorge. The Gunnison River has cut some of earth’s oldest base rocks to a depth of 2,700 feet. The top of the canyon narrows to about 1,100 feet, but down by the river the canyon narrows in places to about 40 feet. As we enjoy our visit, we’ll marvel at this natural wonder, a truly amazing sight.
Along the trail, we’ll have boxed lunches.
We’ll complete our hikes and return by vans to Montrose in the mid-afternoon. On the way, we’ll make a stop at the Visitor Center for a rest stop and self-led visit to the exhibits and film. For those who wish, we will take a van to the Ute History Museum led by our expert staff and museum docents.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like in downtown Montrose. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.