• Curecanti National Recreation Area


    National Recreation Area Colorado

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Summer Ranger Program Schedule

Join the rangers at Curecanti National Recreation Area to learn more about this jewel of the Gunnison Valley. Programs are offered late May through Labor Day. For more information on interpretive programs at Curecanti, please call (970) 641-2337, extension 205, or stop by the Elk Creek Visitor Center, located along US Highway 50 at milepost 142.


Morrow Point Boat Tour
Daily except Tuesdays
Departs from Pine Creek
10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
* Reservations Required.

Join a park ranger for a leisurely 1½ hour boat tour on Morrow Point Reservoir. You will travel into the upper Black Canyon of the Gunnison while a ranger shares the natural and cultural history of the canyon. The tour begins with a 1-mile hike along the Pine Creek trail, including a series of 232 steps to reach the boat dock.

Tour fares are $16 for adults, $8 for children (under 13), and $8 for Golden Age/Senior/Access Pass holders. Prepaid reservations are required and can be made by calling (970) 641-2337, extension 205.

Fishing Friday
Friday (weather dependent), 8:00 p.m.
Elk Creek Amphitheater

Join a park ranger to discuss why people flock to Blue Mesa Reservoir from across the country. A brief (15-20 minute) talk will be followed by a closer look at successful types of fishing gear, the kinds of fish swimming in Blue Mesa, and what those fish are currently dining on. Bring your fishing stories and questions. Stop in for a few minutes or stay for an hour or more.

Other programs may be available in late May or early June. Please check back.

Did You Know?

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagles winter at Curecanti, feeding on fish until the water becomes ice covered.