Phew, I’m back for day 2 of my long weekend trip to Crested Butte and Gunnison! To quickly recap, Friday was dedicated to a great scenic hike in Crested Butte and Saturday (which I’ll be talking about today) was our trip to Black Canyon National Park and Blue Mesa Reservoir.
Black Canyon National Park in Gunnison
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: You can purchase your ticket at the park. Passes are $25 and usable for 7 days! If you’re visiting in the summer months I highly suggest carrying water with you, it gets HOT under the sun.
Y’all these canyons were STEEP as all heck! But the views were jaw dropping, so vastly beautiful. I, for the first time, felt my legs actually quivering walking alongside the edges and vertigo started to make swift appearances. The more popular spots have barriers but others are a definitely a ‘look at your own risk’.
The weather was hot, dry, and hazy all of what I envision the desert to be like. I was definitely feeling the heat, water was good to have around!
There’s two different paths upon entering.
(1) Go to the top of the canyon
(2) Go to the bottom on the canyon to the creek.
Mid way down the canyon…
I definitely loved feeling grounded and level down at the bottom. The creek was the perfect place to be by, it was refreshing getting up close to it.
Andrew and I probably spent 3 hours max at the park and that was us visiting almost every view point marked on the map they handed out.
From there, we were ready to go take a dip in Blue Mesa Reservoir.
Blue Mesa Reservoir
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: The reservoir is massive and there’s so many spots you can pull off onto to get to the water. Andrew and I wanted a completely secluded spot with no one around, but we had no idea where that was going to be. There’s a pull off spot called Dillion Pinnacles (gps will take you there) we went down that road which leads to a rocky beach so we drove right down and parked right in front of the water. It was incredibly rocky but secluded.
The water was amazing.
FYI- there are plenty of other areas and paths to drive down to a sandy part of the lake. Further along our drive we found another area where it was perfectly sandy and cars were pulling up right to the water. Suv’s had trunks open facing the water or trucks had people laying blankets out on their beds, it was such a beautiful ambiance.
To finish the night off, Andrew and I took a drive through Crested Buttes scenic bypass- Kebler Pass.
The drive was magical, we had about an hour and half before the sun was going to set so we hit the road pretty quickly. We scooped Vin and off we went.
The special thing about this drive is the tunnel of birch trees, just miles and miles and miles of birch trees stretched wide and far. They say in the fall its gold in the trees with the foliage. I can only imagine the beauty.
The sun was big and bright going down (not as so depicted below), its so hard to capture the depth of objects in the camera, but wow this sunset did it for me!
A jam packed filled day but everything about it just filled me up with love. I love these adventures, I love exploring, I love being out in nature, everything about it just brings me peace.
I’m signing off for the night! See ya next time for the last part 🙂