One of the systems newest and least visited NPs, Black Canyon preserves a unique canyon – deeper than it is wide. This makes photography difficult from the rim with much of the canyon in deep shadow. The weather the afternoon I arrived at the south rim was a mix of sun, clouds, and a few thunderstorms. The following morning provided for a short period of relatively good sunrise light on the Painted Wall – an approximately 2300’ rock face.
By the time I arrived at the north rim – maybe 1000’ away but a 2 hour drive to get there – the weather deteriorated into snow squalls and limited visibility.
Like many of the NPs, the campground at Black Canyon has been frequented by Black Bears – food must be secured in vehicles or in the bear boxes. What I had not seen at other parks was the recommendation not to cook within arm’s length – I assume a bear had swiped supper right from the pot at one point or another?