Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison Sunset

When we looked at our route from Salida to Moab, we realized that we would drive by Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP. Low and behold, a cancellation popped for the exact dates we would be passing through so we jumped on it. We woke up super early to make it to the town of Gunnison to watch the Women’s World Cup final. After the game, we stocked up on groceries before driving the additional hour to the campground in the national park.

Our 8th National Park of our RV Journey

Storms and Sunset

We settled in and were about to go out for a hike when a crazy storm blew through. So we had a relaxing Sunday afternoon at home instead. Once it was all clear, we drove to the visitor center to come up with a plan. We decided to take dinner over to Sunset Point lookout. We had a little bit of time before we needed to head that way so we drove down to the East Portal lookout at the base of the canyon. It was neat driving down into the canyon and learning about the tunnel and dam they have down there. The rushing water is really crazy too!

After we had seen everything down there, we headed back to the top of the canyon and to the RV to make our dinner to take to Sunset Point. Sunset Point was somewhat crowded so we instead had our picnic at Warner Point before heading to Dragon Point to watch the sunset. Storms were rolling in, which was honestly pretty cool to watch. After watching the sun go down and the storms roll in, we headed back to the RV.

RV Friends Visiting

We had a super productive Monday before another night of adventure. Our friends we met at Bottomless Lakes State Park in New Mexico are work camping at an inn in Gunnison. In fact, they came to camp with us on Monday! They got to our site around 5:00 so we had a full evening ahead! The four of us hung out for a bit while catching up and making dinner before heading out to the view points. We ended up watching the sunset from Sunset Point and it was awesome. After sunset, we checked out a couple of other viewpoints with the little bit of remaining light before heading back to the RV.

Our friends brought firewood so we enjoyed a campfire and hanging out with them. It’s nice to be around other southerners! It was also hilarious hearing their stories from cleaning rooms at the inn. He may or may not have admitted to eating a muffin out of the garbage can because “it was on top”! PS – always tip the housekeepers – they know way too much about your life!!

Friends visiting us in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

After a super full two days with friends exploring a national park, it was time to hit the road. Moab, here we come!!

I’ve never seen a McDonald’s sign like this before!! Have you?

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