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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is located in the western part of the state of Colorado , USA. There are two gateways to the park, which is managed by the National Park Service .

The most accessible entrance to the park is located on the south side of the canyon is 24 km east of the town of Montrose. On the north side entrance 18 km south of Crawford, but it is closed in winter. The park is 122 km ² in size. The canyon is about . 75 km long , of which approx . 20 km is within the park. The deepest and most dramatic parts of the canyon is located in the park , but the canyon continues upward into the Curecanti National Recreation Area and downstream into the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area.

Gunnison River , which the park is named, has an average fall of 18 m / km through the park , making it one of the steepest rivers in North America. In comparison, the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon an average fall of 1.4 m / km . At its steepest fall Gunnison 150 meters at a distance of 3 km.

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