The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is one of the most spectacular gorges in America. It rivals the Grand Canyon for its breathtaking views and sweeping panoramas. Check out our quiz to learn more about this beautiful canyon.
In which western United States mountain range will you find the source of the Gunnison River?
The source of the Gunnison River is found high in the central Rockies of Colorado, flowing for nearly 100 miles (160 km) through rolling country before entering one of the most spectacular gorges in North America.
In what year was Black Canyon Park established?
Black Canyon National Park was established in 1999 and is located about 250 miles southwest of Denver, Colorado.
Which United States President signed the bill which created Black Canyon?
President Bill Clinton signed the bill that designated the 30,000 acres of canyon and desert as a national park.
The entrance fee for Gunnison National Park is _____ per vehicle.
The entrance fee for Gunnison National Park is $8 per vehicle or $4 per individual for seven days. Individuals 16 years old and younger can enter the park for free.
On which of the following days of the year is the South Rim Visitor Center at Gunnison National Park closed?
You may visit the South Rim Visitor Center at Gunnison National Park 362 days a year. It's closed on New Year's, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
How many campgrounds are there at the Gunnison National Park?
There are two campgrounds at the Gunnison National Park: the South Rim campground is open year-round and the North Rim campground is open from mid-May to mid-October.
What is the depth of the chasms at Black Canyon gorge in Colorado?
The Black Canyon is one of the most spectacular gorges in America, with chasms that plunge 2,700 feet.
The Gunnison River offers excellent fishing for ___ in its waters.
According to the Colorado wildlife commission, the Gunnison River offers excellent fishing for trophy brown and rainbow trout.
Which of the following wildlife can be found in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ?
There is an abundance of wildlife in Black Canyon, including coyote, mountain lions, bobcats, porcupines, black bears, mule deer, bighorn sheep, elk, beavers, ringtail cats, great horned owls, fish, reptiles and birds.
Which of the following is the name of a vista point in Black Canyon offering remarkable panoramic views of the surrounding area?
Both Chasm View and Dragon Point in Black Canyon offer remarkable panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Mineral formations in the Black Canyon date back more than _____ years.
The mineral-striped walls of the Black Canyon are among the oldest rock formations on Earth and date back more than 1.7 billion years.
Which of the following are some of the many activities available in Black Canyon?
Visitor to Black Canyon can enjoy myriad outdoor activities such as boat tours, nature walks, rock climbing, hiking, horseback riding and kayaking Skiers can take moonlit cross-country ski tours or snowshoe walks.
Visitors to Chasm View outlook at Black Canyon can view the _____ River far below.
Visitors to Chasm View outlook at Black Canyon can view the Gunnison River far below. The outlook is accessible from South Rim Drive, which begins at the visitor center and follows the Gunnison River as it travels north and west.
The dizzying heights at Gunnison Point, where visitors view the walls of Black Canyon plunging almost 2,000 feet can cause:
The dizzying heights at Gunnison Point, where visitors view the walls of Black Canyon plunging almost 2,000 feet can cause vertigo. Close to the visitor's center, it's often the first stop for visitors.
How long is the North Vista trail at Black Canyon?
North Vista trail, one of the most scenic hikes in the park, is actually a strenuous seven-miles, but there is a three-mile version which ends at Exclamation Point and is well worth the effort.
How many people visit Black Canyon at the Gunnison National Park each year?
Almost 150,000 people visit Black Canyon at the Gunnison National Park each year. One of the most popular attractions is the Cimarron Canyon Rail Exhibit, where you can see remnants of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad (D&RG), whose tracks once cut through the heart of the park.
Passenger service on the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad stopped _____ years ago.
Passenger service on the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad (D&RG) stopped 70 years ago, with freight service ending a short time later.
Which American general led a team which constructed the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad (D&RG)?
General William Jackson Palmer led a team which built 15 miles of narrow gauge railroad along the Gunnison River to create the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad (D&RG) in the early 1880s.
Which famous American author wrote about his train ride through the black canyon in 1889?
In 1889, author Rudyard Kipling wrote this about his train ride through the Black Canyon: "There was a glory and a wonder and a mystery about the mad ride, which I felt keenly...until I had to offer prayers for the safety of the train."
Which Colorado town developed as a railroad stop for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad (D&RG)?
The small town of Cimarron developed as a railroad stop for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad (D&RG), with a roundhouse and station facilities.
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