The Black Canyon, 48 miles of awe-inspiring, steep-walled canyon carved by the Gunnison River, has been an obstacle and attraction to residents and visitors alike for centuries. National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated map of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area delivers unmatched detail and valuable information to assist you in your exploration of this breathtaking wilderness. Expertly researched and created in partnership with local land management agencies, this map includes Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area; Blue Mesa Reservoir; portions of Gunnison National Forest and West Elk Wilderness; and the towns of Montrose, Paonia, and Hotchkiss. Designed with a wide range of visitors in mind, this map features detailed and easy-to-read trails, accurate road network, and a variety of information about the region and recreational activities available, including hiking trail summaries for the north and south rims of the canyon. Trail use is easy to identify, whether you’re traveling on foot, horse, OHV, or snowmobile. Road types are differentiated as well, so you know if the route you choose is a four-wheel-drive or high-clearance road. The West Elk Loop and Silver Thread scenic byways are noted for those wishing to take in the scenery by car. Campgrounds, fishing areas, boat ramps, river access, and primitive campsites for hikers and boaters throughout the park are shown, as well as rapids and ratings along the Gunnison River. The map base includes contour lines and elevations for summits, passes and many lakes. Other features found on this map include: Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Blue Mesa Reservoir, Curecanti, Gunnison National Forest, Montrose, Uncompahgre National Forest, West Elk Wilderness.
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