Be a Junior Ranger
Help take care of your national treasures!
Anyone between the ages of 5 and 12 can become a Junior Park Ranger at Curecanti National Recreation Area. There are challenging activities in our Junior Ranger book that you can do when you visit the park. Learn more about the stuff that makes up the scenery.
Kids under age 5 can become a Curecanti Ranger Buddy.
Stop by the Elk Creek Visitor Center for more information and to pick up a free Junior Ranger book or Ranger Buddy coloring sheet.
Let's Move Outside
Curecanti and Black Canyon are official Let's Move Outside parks. This means that special programs and incentives are offered encouraging children and their families to get outside and get active in these parks. Regular exercise in nature is proven to improve children's physical and mental health. Outdoor activity helps kids maintain a healthy weight, boosts their immunity and bone health and lowers stress. For more information, visit LetsMove.gov.
Did You Know?
The Curecanti Needle has long been a defining symbol and landmark of this region. In 1882, the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad entered the Black Canyon and promptly designated the Curecanti Needle as their symbol.