Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis was a member of Congress who sponsored legislation to give Black Canyon of the Gunnison national park status 20 years ago.

"I was just doing my job," McInnis told the Sentinel's Dan West for a story commemorating the canyon's 20th anniversary as a national park, "but I'm real proud of it."

As he should be. In the 20 years the park has existed, it has seen its visitation rise 50% from 200,000 to more than 300,000 last year. With that increased visitation, the park's superintendent anticipates improvements in infrastructure such as additional parking, a shuttle bus service and more trails for visitors to use.

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