Where the Sun Don’t Shine

Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado

Cleaved by the Gunnison River over the course of two million years, the Black Canyon in Western Colorado is so deep and narrow that some areas rarely see sunlight. So forbidding are its chasm walls that no people ever occupied the gorge. Even today, access to the river and lower sections of the canyon are reserved for skilled watermen and climbers. Being neither, we happily kept to the miles of hiking trails along Canyon’s rim.

Shannon at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison

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14 Comments on “Where the Sun Don’t Shine”

  1. Raunak August 13, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    awesome!what a sight!


  2. sohojay August 13, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    Amazing! Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  3. Pat Bean August 13, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    You guys are following me again. I loved this place.


  4. Rotten Ray August 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    You keep hitting on places we have been to. It brings back memories and my need to go back and look at my own photos … always fun.


  5. Tom Braddock August 13, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    Glad I stumbled on your blog! Feels like a lousy terrarium here in Tampa Fla. (for months now of course!) – so your stories & views bring relief! (and envy, of course!)

    A female friend and school co-worker of mine came upon this canyon during our R/T drive from NYC, I think in ’84… she had friends in Ouray & we did much of what you’re now seeing! We somehow got to the bottom of this Cy. & had a boat ride/tour, where they pointed out the rail track that was “somehow” built WAY down below! I have pics from the top with bold spotted squirrels eating from my hand! What a find! Thanks for refreshing me! – Tom B


  6. skyheartphotography August 13, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Great photos – some day, I will move there. Been having Colorado on my mind.


  7. melmannphoto August 14, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    Very cool blog. You are doing something we’re continually attracted to – just haven’t reached a critical mass of initiative yet! Really like reading about places I’ve not heard of but now realize I must visit.


    • Brian August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

      Glad we’re helping to stoke that wanderlust toward critical mass.


  8. Erin | The Other Side of the Road August 14, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    Thanks for liking my blog so I could find my way to yours. How inspirational! I love that you have the cats with you. Our ability to pick up and go is somewhat altered by having two little ones and a 14-year-old cat, but wanderlust remains. Canyon hiking is out for now, so I’ll enjoy following along…


    • Brian August 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

      Hi Erin. Everyone’s situation is different, but plenty of folks travel with children and pets. It may not be practical, but I wouldn’t rule it out either.


  9. rigmover August 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    Great view.


  10. flyingwildgeese August 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm #



  11. Caasi Tica August 16, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    Nice article and photography! 🙂


  12. StetotheJ August 18, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    Gorgeous photos, thanks for sharing them.


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