National conservation areas (NCAs) are designated by Congress to conserve, protect, enhance, and manage public lands for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. These lands feature exceptional scientific, cultural, ecological, historical, and recreational values.
The Gunnison Gorge NCA, just north of Montrose in west-central Colorado, is a diverse landscape ranging from adobe badlands to rugged pinon and juniper-covered slopes. At the heart of the NCA, the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness Area encompasses a spectacular black granite and red sandstone double canyon formed by the Gunnison River. The NCA supports a variety of upland, riparian, and aquatic wildlife species and habitats and the Gunnison River is designated as a Gold Medal trout fishery by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
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