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August 31, 2017
Blue Mesa Reservoir Boating Reminders for September
Inspection stations and ramps change hours beginning Tuesday, Sept. 5. Ponderosa and Stevens Creek inspection station and ramps will close for the season on Sept. 5.

August 14, 2017
Blue Mesa Reservoir Boat Inspection Changes for September
Beginning September 5, several changes will occur with boat inspection stations and boat ramps on Blue Mesa Reservoir.

August 09, 2017
Eclipse Viewing, Cimarron Train Tours, Boat Tour Extension
National Park Service rangers will be offering eclipse viewing opportunities at the Elk Creek Campground Amphitheater. Cimarron Visitor Center will be open with limited hours through early September. Tours of the train yard at Cimarron will also be available. The Morrow Point Boat Tour season has been extended through September 24.

May 31, 2017
Ponderosa Campground and Launch Ramp to Open June 8
Ponderosa campground and launch ramp will open for the season Thursday, June 8. Hours of the inspection station and launch ramp - through Labor Day - will be 8 am to 4:30 pm, Thursday through Monday.

May 16, 2017
Late Spring Operations Update for Curecanti National Recreation Area
Summer is right around the corner and the National Park Service is getting ready for another great season at Blue Mesa Reservoir. Starting Thursday, May 18, the hours for mandatory Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) boat inspections will expand at the Elk Creek and Lake Fork inspection stations.

April 20, 2017
Curecanti and Black Canyon Together Create Over $570 Million in Economic Impact
Tourism to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area together create over $570 million in Economic Benefits Report shows visitor spending supports 762 jobs in local economy

April 03, 2017
Springs Openings at Black Canyon and Curecanti
As the weather warms and snow recedes, the National Park Service is beginning to open some of the facilities and services in Curecanti National Recreation Area and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

March 13, 2017
Local National Park Service Sites Show Increases in Visitation for 2016
Both Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area increased in visitation during the Centennial year of the National Park Service.

January 24, 2017
National Park Service to Temporarily Close Three Areas Along Highway 50
In order to support Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) efforts to bait deer and elk away from U.S. Highway 50, the National Park Service (NPS) will be closing Beaver Creek Picnic Area, the East Elk Creek area, and the Dry Gulch Campground area to public use.

October 31, 2016
Dr. Mark Harvey to Speak in NPS Centennial Series
Dr. Harvey will present “Howard Zahniser and the Vision for America's Wilderness” on November 10, at 7 pm in Kelley Hall, room 116 on the Western State Colorado University campus.

October 24, 2016
News Release - Blue Mesa Reservoir Call-In Inspections
Beginning November 1, boat inspections for Aquatic Invasive Species at Curecanti National Recreation Area will be available to boaters on a call-in basis.

Last updated: March 31, 2017

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