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Curecanti National Recreation Area

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102 Elk Creek
Gunnison, CO 81230

Between Montrose and Gunnison along US 50
National Park
7,500 feet feet


Curecanti National Recreation Area includes 42,000 acres of beautiful country along the Gunnison River. Panoramic mesas, fjord-like reservoirs, and deep, narrow canyons abound. Blue Mesa Reservoir, with 96 miles of shoreline, is Colorado's largest body of water, and is the largest Kokanee Salmon fishery in the United States. Two smaller reservoirs provide different experiences for kayakers, windsurfers, and fishers. Hikers can explore the surrounding mesas and canyons on a number of well-marked trails.

There are ten campgrounds in the area, with varying fees and facilities. Three Visitor Centers are open daily during summer, each offering different programs and exhibits; Elk Creek Visitor Center has a restaurant and other facilities. The Recreation Area itself is open year-round. Admission is $4 for a two-day pass, or $10 for a two-week permit.

Curecanti National Recreation Area is located along US 50 between Montrose and Gunnison, approximately 200 miles southwest of Denver. Access to various parts of the park is available along US 50, CO Highway 149 and CO Highway 92.

Hours + Fees



Open all year.


Fall, Winter, Spring: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, closed on federal holidays.
Summer: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm everyday.
Phone: (970) 641-2337 extension 205
Location: Sixteen miles west of Gunnison, CO on U.S. Highway 50.


Open intermittently mid-May through the end of September.

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Phone: (970) 249-4074
Location: Cimarron, CO, 35 miles west of Gunnison on U.S. Highway 50

Open year-round

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
From Montrose, head east on US 50. There are a number of access points along the way.
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