Throwback Thursday: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado

National parks have been very popular vacation destinations during these pandemic times. Many people have heard of Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado, a mere 1.5 hours away from Denver International Airport. Unfortunately, its closeness to a major metropolitan area makes it very crowded. That’s why Black Canyon of the Gunnison in SW Colorado is an enticing alternative. It’s a long drive – nearly 6 hours from Denver – however, with a little planning you can visit some other national parks, such as Mesa Verde, Four Corners National Monument, and Moab (Canyonlands and Arches NP).

Our first visit to Black Canyon was just a stop on our way back to Denver in 2011 after a tour of Utah and Arizona. We were so impressed with it that we made a trip back in 2015 and did a few nights of camping. It’s so peaceful and calm. The scenery is outstanding and its sunsets are out of this world.

Enjoy!

Throwback Thursday: Antelope Slot Canyons – Page, Arizona

I used to publish all my travel photos on Flickr before they changed their membership structure. Nowadays I rarely use my Sony camera (a mirrorless model) and pretty much take all my photos with my smartphone. It’s not the same but it is easier. Anyhow, I enjoy going back through some of Flickr albums and thought I’d try to share some each week.

This week it’s the Antelope Slot Canyons located near Page, Arizona on Navajo Nation lands. There are several tour operators and I have no recollection who we used 10 years ago. However, the pictures are gorgeous and it’s definitely worthwhile to include on your road trip through the Southwest. They’re not cheap. I checked the price on one tour operators page and you’re talking about $90 a person! Yikes. So I’m glad we got to see them when we did.

Enjoy!