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Puiwah (cq, left) and Jason Braswell (cq, right) of Mission Viejo, Ca. take in the view from the Gunnison Point Overlook at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park one afternoon. The couple was on a 3,000 mile roadtrip across the West taking in nine different national parks. Black Canyon of the Gunnison's unique and spectacular landscape was formed slowly over thousands of years by the action of water and rock scouring down through the rock walls of the canyon. No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths offered by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The same water that formed the canyon is also necessary for its future. The plants and animals in the canyon rely on a steady flow year round as well as occasional peak flows to maintain the ecosystem in the canyon. The Bureau of Reclamation has a number of dams upstream and Gale Norton, The Secretary of the Interior, worked out a deal with everyone involved but environmentalists disagreed with it and the issue is tied up in the courts. (MARC PISCOTTY/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS) CQ Puiwah and Jason Braswell

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