Sunset View Overlook
Category: Outdoor Scenes
Photo and caption by Ashley Fetner
Sunset View Overlook is along the south rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in western Colorado. No other canyon in North America has the extreme steepness, depth and narrowing than the Gunnison. Due to the sheer vertical canyon walls, it is difficult for sunlight to reach the canyon floor which often causes the walls to be in shadow and appearing black in color. The Gunnison River carved out the canyon as it flowed to join with the Colorado River in Grand Junction. In 1933, Gunnison was designated a National Monument and in 1999 it became the 55th National Park in the US.
Location: Western Colorado, USA
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