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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park turns 20

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park celebrated its 20th anniversary Oct. 21. (Photo/NPS)

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park celebrated its 20th anniversary Oct. 21. (Photo/NPS)

GUNNISON, Colo. — It was 20 years ago on Oct. 21, 1999, that then-President Bill Clinton signed an act, sponsored by Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Congressman Scott McGinnis, enlarging Black Canyon National Monument and establishing it as a national park.

Local communities celebrated two days later, and held parades the following spring. The decades-long effort to create a new national park on Colorado’s Western Slope began shortly after Black Canyon was set aside as a national monument in 1933. Efforts arose in the 1970s and early 1980s before Campbell redoubled those efforts in the early 1990s.

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