Curecanti National Recreation Area

In Colorado, a state filled with breathtaking mountain landscapes, the Curecanti National Recreation Area holds its own. Rugged canyons rise high above cool rivers, and volcanic cliffs create a spectacular backdrop for shimmering reservoirs. With its three expansive reservoirs on the Gunnison River, this area is known for its boating, swimming, and excellent trout fishing. Away from the water, you can hike wilderness trails to spectacular viewpoints or spend the day spotting the different bird species that live nearby. Pull your RV into a spot overlooking the Blue Mesa Reservoir and the wild Dillion Pinnacles, and get ready for adventure.

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Things To Do Near Curecanti National Recreation Area

The three reservoirs are the central hub of activity in the Curecanti National Recreation Area. Blue Mesa Reservoir is popular for boating, water skiing, and windsurfing while Morrow Point Reservoir and Crystal Reservoir require you to carry your canoe, kayak, or paddleboard to the water. Downstream of Crystal Dam, the Gunnison River is known for its world-class trout fishing; in fact, it has the Gold Medal & Wild Trout Water certification. In the fall, try fly-fishing for Kokanee salmon.

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How To Get To Curecanti National Recreation Area

The Curecanti National Recreation Area sits just north of Highway 50 in Western Colorado. From I-25 near Pueblo, the park is about 180 miles west. If you're coming from Montrose, take Highway 50 east for 50 miles.


102 Elk Creek, Gunnison, CO 81230

Fee: Entry fee $0

With its remarkable landscapes and fantastic fishing and boating opportunities, Curecanti National Recreation Area draws adventurers from around Colorado. Out of the water, you'll find hiking, horseback riding, photography, and camping; there's plenty to keep you busy for a weekend or a week. Stay comfortable in the remote Colorado wilderness with an RV; that way, you can visit in any season or weather.