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Curecanti National Recreation Area

Gunnison, CO
+1 970-641-2337
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Gorgeous, little-known area

We absolutely loved our time at Curecanti. We camped at Elk Creek Campground and were greeted by a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sarah W
Boulder, Colorado
Beautiful area with lots of recreational options

Located just outside Gunnison it is a beautiful area with many camping spots and a very large rec... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Cortez, Colorado
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This 42,000-acre Recreation Area features three reservoirs, Blue Mesa, Morrow Point and Crystal, which are surrounded by rugged, steep-walled canyons and mesas.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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+1 970-641-2337
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We absolutely loved our time at Curecanti. We camped at Elk Creek Campground and were greeted by a lovely park ranger who was extremely helpful. There's tons of drift wood for crafty types, and they pile it up and make it available as fire wood...More

Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located just outside Gunnison it is a beautiful area with many camping spots and a very large rec area....not very crowed for all that it offers

Thank tornillo2015
Reviewed 5 October 2017

Impressed with lakes on the drive thru this area - stopped by the dam, has a small campground. There are several recreational camping areas in the area. The color of the lakes are the most beautiful color. The salmon must have been biting as there...More

Thank M F
Reviewed 4 October 2017

You travel along in this area, on the one side you see plenty of water in the gunnison reservoir, the blue Mesa reservoir and in the rivers and streams that flow everywhere and on the other side the hills and mountains are arid with low...More

Thank Amnon F
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

We had a very informative guide on the pontoon ride down the river. Kurt got the children involved in his discussions and even the teenagers were interested in what he had to say. 234 steps down and then up again to our cars, but very...More

Thank Diana W
Reviewed 28 September 2017

we love the area. It is so full of nature. we traveled a lot and didn't get to see a lot by walking but I would love to come and do that.

Thank rw1492
Reviewed 25 September 2017

So I've been here 3 times now sailing out of the marina. And now...I'm looking to get my own boat. So it depends on what you're looking for. But the beaches look groovy...considering you're at over 7000 feet in CO. I want to sail and...More

Thank bogateer
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

The l Lake and reservoir is large. It's beautiful for boating. The mountains are more desert like in some areas. Morning light is spectacular with fall colors. There is a deep canyon on the west side of the lake by a power plant.

Thank AdventureTripping
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Blue mesa reservoir is huge and ever changing. The lake takes on the color of the sky above and can be grey to dark blue throughout the day. Wildlife are commonly seen. This place is special.

Thank I2602USmichellet
Reviewed 20 September 2017

the views were great, what a great looking lake, the workers in the vistor center were very helpful,

Thank blueman66
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Rachel H
21 September 2016|
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Response from Pat D | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are only certain areas that do not allow pets, such as in the Ranger station. Dogs are allowed in the park, but I would suggest a leash and baggies for doggie business! It is an open area with rougher... More
3 July 2015|
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Response from Richard S | Reviewed this property |