Black Canyon of the Gunnison, CO

Deep Canyons

Sep 5, 2008
Outside Magazine

At its deepest, the Black Canyon reaches 2,700 feet down intosouthern Colorado. Some climbing routes require a 2,000-foot rappelwith a 5.10, 12-pitch climb out, and rapids start at Class V (goodluck, kayakers). So hike about a mile down Chukar Trail with a fly rodin hand: You'll feel like you're in an underground Shangri-La, and thedry-fly fishing is spectacular ( Afterwards,crash 20 miles downstream at Black Canyon Anglers' 20-bed fishinglodge, nestled between sandstone cliffs (from $80 per night).