• Curecanti National Recreation Area

    Curecanti

    National Recreation Area Colorado

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    Please be aware that the road could close again if winter conditions or rock slides exist.

Nature & Science

Coopers Ranch, Crystal Reservoir, Pioneer Point
While the largest body of water in Colorado is within Curecanti, there are a variety of ecosystems here besides
Blue Mesa Reservoir. Curecanti also hosts riparian habitats, steep canyons, and areas of ponderosa pine, Douglas
fir and aspen.
NPS Photos by Lisa Lynch
 

Did You Know?

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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.