Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is located in western Colorado on the edge of the Colorado Plateau, just outside the city of Montrose. This national park contains some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock and craggiest spires in North America. For more than 2 million years, the Gunnison River has carved this rocky wilderness. The park is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, and 2 campgrounds allow you to get comfortable and experience the night in this International Dark Sky Park. With a black canyon below and black skies above, this national park has implemented a program of dark sky preservation, education and opportunities for the public to enjoy the night sky. The Black Canyon Astronomy Festival is held annually at the south rim with telescopic viewing of the sun and nighttime wonders.