“No other canyon in North America combines the depth, narrowness, sheerness, and somber countenance of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison,” Wallace Hansen wrote after studying the geology of the region for several years. Black Canyon National Park is only 30 miles from Ridgway via Highway 550 north to Montrose, then Highway 50 east. Plan to spend time visiting the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose along your way.
Take Highway 550 north to Montrose, then go east on Highway 50 to Colorado 347. This takes you into the park. Start your visit at the Visitors Center. It provides excellent information about the park, as well as maps for driving and hiking. Along your way stop at the Ute Indian Museum just south of Montrose. It offers beautiful dioramas and changing exhibits dedicated to the history of the Ute Indians of this area.