Last weekend the husband allowed me to take a break from tiling/grouting/floor sealing/painting duties, and he treated me to a visit to Black Canyon National Park about 1.5 hours from our house.
The drive and area around the park was unremarkable--rolling hills covered in juniper and pinon pine with bigger mountains in the distance. It looked like regular old western Colorado. But then we got out of the car at the first observation deck and my jaw literally dropped. I never would have imagined something like this hidden in the boring hillside!
The 2,000+ foot tall walls of the canyon drop almost vertically to the Gunnison river below.
We drove on South Rim Road, a 7-mile paved road along the edge of the canyon with 12 overlooks, the most spectacular of which were reached after a short hike.
At 2,250 feet, this cliff, known as Painted Wall, is the tallest vertical cliff in the entire state of Colorado. And yes, it was spectacular to see in person!