About the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area
Stewarded by Colorado Canyons Association
Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area, just north of Montrose, Colorado, is a diverse landscape ranging from adobe badlands to rugged piñon and juniper-covered slopes. At the heart of the NCA lies the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness Area (17,784 acres), which encompasses a spectacular black granite and red sandstone double canyon formed by the Gunnison River. The area’s 14-mile stretch of the Gunnison River provides technical (class II-IV) and remote boating experiences to rafters, kayakers and whitewater canoeists. The river is also designated a Gold Medal Trout Fishery by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. The NCA contains a number of prehistoric and historic sites, including rock art, cabins, campsites, and mines, many of which are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The NCA lies next to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and the region is known for mule deer, elk herds and many other wildlife species, including a small population of Gunnison Sage Grouse, a rare species.