For Kids

Junior Ranger Badge & Ranger Buddy Sticker

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!

Let's Move Outside
Let's Move Outside, administered by the Department of Interior, was created to get kids and families to take advantage of America's great outdoors-which abound in every city, town and community. And together, these agencies oversee more than one-fifth of the nation's land - including millions of acres of National forests, parks and trails.

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

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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Mailing Address:

102 Elk Creek
Gunnison, CO 81230


(970) 641-2337 x205

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