• Curecanti National Recreation Area


    National Recreation Area Colorado

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Operating Hours & Seasons

Curecanti National Recreation Area is open every day of the year.


Elk Creek Visitor Center
Open all year.
Hours: Spring: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm every day, closed on federal holidays.
Summer: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm every day.
Fall: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm every day, closed on federal holidays.
Winter: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, closed Saturday, Sunday and federal holidays.
Please call us to confirm visitor center hours prior to your visit.
(970) 641-2337 extension 205
Location: Sixteen miles west of Gunnison, CO on U.S. Highway 50.

Cimarron Visitor Center
Cimarron Visitor Center will be CLOSED for 2014.
Location: Cimarron, CO, 35 miles west of Gunnison on U.S. Highway 50

East Portal Road is closed in winter. The road typically closes mid-November and reopens mid-April.


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Did You Know?


A wide range of mammals can be found within Curecanti, including mule deer, mountain lion, black bear, coyote, prairie dogs, bighorn sheep, elk and even an occasional moose.