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Black Canyon if the Gunnison hike, dogs in state parks, and North Cheyenne Cañon master plan meetings 

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  • Bob Falcone
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, located about 15 miles from the town of Montrose, Colorado, has great views, camping, hiking on the canyon rim and, if you're more adventurous, into the canyon.

Having never visited there, I recently made a quick trip to check it out with plans to hike from the canyon rim to the Gunnison River, which courses through the bottom of the canyon. The park's campground, where I stayed, has three loops; A, B and C. A and B can be reserved in advance, loop C is available on a first come, first served basis. Loop A is the only one with electrical hookups, and there are no water or sewage hookups in any of the loops. Arriving at about 1pm in mid-week after Labor Day, I had no problem find a spot, but loop C did fill up in the evening.

To get there: From Colorado Springs, take US 24 west through South Park, past Hartsel to US 285. Turn left (south) on US 285/US 24 towards Buena Vista. Turn left (south) on US 285 at the traffic light just past the Arkansas River south of Buena Vista. Take US 285 to US 50 just west of Salida, and then take US 50 west over Monarch Pass, through Gunnison, and past Blue Mesa Reservoir. Turn right onto Colorado Highway 347 to the entrance of the park. Expect to take 4 to 5 hours to get there.

Dogs in Cheyenne Mt. State Park

The trial period of allowing leashed dogs on limited trails was a success, according to a news release from Cheyenne Mountain State park. The park is now asking for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to allow dogs in the park on a permanent basis. Though the ruling might take a few months, dogs will continue to be allowed in the park under the same rules as the trial period. Mueller State Park, which conducted a similar trial period, has yet to decide if it wishes to pursue permanent changes. If you want to bring your pup into these parks, very specific rules do apply.

North Cheyenne Cañon Park Master Plan

The first of three public workshops to gather public input for the new North Cheyenne Cañon Park Master Plan will be held at 6pm, Tuesday, September 19th, at Cheyenne Mountain High School. Click here for more information.

Happy Trails!

Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, college instructor, business owner and author of Hiking Bob's Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for 25 years. Follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (Hiking Bob), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: info@hikingbob.com.

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