Curecanti National Recreation Area

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Curecanti Information

Curecanti contains Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado's largest body of water, and contains recently discovered dinosaur fossils to boot.

Three reservoirs, named for corresponding dams on the Gunnison River, form the heart of Curecanti National Recreation Area. Panoramic mesas, fjord-like reservoirs, and deep, steep, and narrow canyons abound.

Blue Mesa Reservoir is also the largest Kokanee Salmon fishery in the United States. Morrow Point Reservoir is the beginning of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Below, Crystal Reservoir is the site of the Gunnison Diversion Tunnel, a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. A 5,000 acre archeological district, a narrow gauge train, and traces of 6,000 year old dwellings further enhance the offerings of Curecanti.

Making an Impact

Visiting Curecanti

Map of the Park

Curecanti National Recreation Area
102 Elk Creek
Gunnison , CO

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