Wednesday, July 2, 2008

 

The Rocky West

I stayed in Gunnison at a Holiday Inn Express for the first time this trip, and it had by far the best free breakfast of the hotels I've stayed it. I highly recommend it!

Anyway, my first stop on Wednesday was to the Black Hills of the Gunnison National Park. I didn't know much about this park so I didn't know what to expect. To get there, I headed down Rt. 50 West towards Montrose, CO. The highway follows the Blue Mesa Reservoir, which is a lake formed behind a dam leading to the national park. It also has some great natural rock formations:



Finally I get to the park. The main attraction is the narrow, deep gorge with a fast moving river flowing through it. Some people nicknamed this the "Mini Grand Canyon". The scenery is absolutely incredible here!



The cliffs here are about 2000 feet high and the gorge is about 1/4 mile across. There are also some colorful rock formations along some of the cliffs.



I spent a lot more time here than I planned on, so I had to get a move on to see everything today! I headed towards Montrose for a quick lunch and to start my journey on the Million Dollar Highway, US 550! The mountain range I was about to go through was clearly visible, and slightly intimidating. Here we go!


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Remember, I told you to stay at Holiday Inn Express for a great breakfast. Dad
 
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