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The Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado

Wallace R. Hansen
Wallace R. Hansen
U.S. Geological Survey
Denver Federal Center, P.O. Box 25046, Denver, Colorado 80225
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January 01, 1987


The Black Canyon in southwestern Colorado is easily reached by passenger car from U.S. 50 (Fig. 1). Turn north 8 mi (13 km) east of Montrose, Colorado, to reach Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument in the most impressive part of the canyon. The National Monument boundary is 5 mi (8 km)from the turnoff, and the approach is very scenic. A key visitation point in the monument is Chasm View overlook. Most visitors will want to see several other points also. Some parts of thecanyon are accessible only by 4-wheel-drive trails or footpaths.

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DNAG, Centennial Field Guides

Rocky Mountain Section of the Geological Society of America

Stanley S. Beus
Stanley S. Beus
Department of Geology Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
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Geological Society of America
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January 01, 1987




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