Black Canyon National Park Vast and grand with dizzying steep cliffs and sheer vertical walls that disappear into disquieting depths, Black Canyon National Park near Montrose is a rare beauty. Also featuring a startlingly narrow gorge — a mere 40 feet across at the narrowest point — the canyon is like no other in North America.
Alpine Loop Back Country Byway
Explore 65 miles of spectacular peaks and narrow glacial valleys, including 12,000-foot passes and well-preserved remains of stamp mills, tramways and ghost towns from the mining boom of the late 1800s. Portions of the route may be visited in normal passenger cars, but beyond these points, off-road vehicles must be used. The Alpine Loop also provides access to exceptional high-country hiking, fishing, mountain biking, camping, and other outdoor adventure. Download the Alpine Loop map
Each spring, snowmelt from the surrounding mountains brings increased water flow to our local rivers along with adventure opportunities for rafters and kayakers alike. There is no better way to experience the run-off than boating down the river!
The Gunnison Gorge offers one of the most remote and unique rafting and kayaking experiences in the nation, complete with wilderness camping and your chance to reel in great fishing in Gold Medal waters.
For a water adventure closer to civilization, enjoy the new Water Sports Park located right in the heart of Montrose.
Although rafting rivers are fun, it is also an activity that requires a high level of experience in order to safely maneuver a boat through any whitewater situation. Before you go, make sure your leader is properly versed and equipped for a variety of whitewater situations. Better yet, take advantage of utilizing local knowledge and certified trained professionals with a local rafting company offering guided trips.