Montrose, CO (PRWEB) June 30, 2011
The Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism is pleased to announce that the National Park Foundation (NPF) has included Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park’s Rim Rock Nature Trail on its list of “10 Can’t Miss National Park Hikes for the Summer.” Because it is surrounded by 62,000 acres of public lands, the Black Canyon is just one of the many places to take a hike near Montrose. Whether travelers are looking for a fun family outing, a hard-core adventure or something in between, Montrose has a hiking trail with your name on it.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Rim Rock Nature Trail, the one-mile roundtrip trek that made the NPF’s can’t miss list, is a self-guided nature trail that takes hikers along the rim of the canyon. There are lots of flora and fauna to explore, including sagebrush, Gambel oak, pinyon pine and Utah juniper. This trail offers many excellent views of the Gunnison River, as well as the sheer walls of the canyon.
Warner Point Nature Trail is another, more moderate Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park hike. This 1.5-mile roundtrip trail offers views to the south of the San Juan Mountain Range, the Uncompaghre Valley and Bostwick Park. To the north vistas of the West Elk Mountains are available, while the Gunnison River and the Black Canyon are viewable from the end of the trail. Shady benches are placed along the way, nestled among mountain mahogany, serviceberry, pinyon pine and juniper.
Gunnison Gorge Wilderness Area
Chukar Trail is the most heavily-used trail in Gunnison Gorge Wilderness Area, as it provides access for kayakers, rafters and fishermen to the gold-medal waters of the Gunnison River. This is a 4.8-mile round-trip, moderately difficult trail that offers an interesting look at the geological makeup of the gorge, as it transitions from hard, dark metamorphic rock to softer sedimentary layers. Mountain sheep and other wildlife may also be seen along the trail.
This major landform is one of the state’s most spectacular landscapes. The Uncompahgre Plateau is a high domed upland rising from the Colorado River (4,600’), peaking at 10,300’ at the top of Horsefly Peak. Many of the hiking trails on the plateau are cattle paths, so keep an eye out for livestock along the way. Transfer Trail is one of the hikes that highlights the plateau’s geologic formations of granite, sandstone and shale.
Montrose, the gateway to the Black Canyon, is a uniquely-authentic town that has carved out a place for itself in the landscape and culture of Colorado. Montrose was recently named to Outdoor Life magazine’s annual list of the 200 best towns in America for outdoorsmen. Seventy-three percent of the land surrounding the city is public land, making Montrose a Mecca for all kinds of outdoor activities, including: hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, road biking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. A multi-faceted community, Montrose serves up layer upon layer of discoveries, each more unique than the last. Whether visitors are looking for adventure, agritourism, history, culture, shopping, fine dining or anything in between, Montrose has a little something for everyone.
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