This canyon isn't as grand as the Grand Canyon but it is still very cool and well worth preserving. With all the vertical black rock, it reminded me of Devil's Lake in Wisconsin. The views are
great and the roar from the Gunnison river makes it both an auditory and visual experience.
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a National Monument today but there is a bill in Congress to make it a National Park.
Upstream from the Black Canyon is Blue Mesa lake, a huge lake created by the Blue Mesa Dam. This and other dams reduce water flow through the canyon so the erosion that produced the canyon is
not as active as it was. There is also a tunnel that diverts water from the Gunnison to the next valley over for agriculture.
While I was there a father told his son to try to chip some mica off a rock.
I wonder if the effect of two million years of human erosion will be greater than two million years of water erosion.