Elk Creek Campground

Elk Creek campground
Elk Creek campground in the evening twilight.

NPS image by Matt Johnson

Elk Creek Campground is located 16 miles west of Gunnison at mile marker 142 on U.S. Highway 50 on the shore of Blue Mesa Reservoir. All types of camping from tents to large RVs can be accommodated at Elk Creek, but note that there are very few sites with trees. This is the only campground with electricity (Loop D only) at Curecanti. Reservations are strongly recommended for Loops A and D in the summer months. First-come, first-served sites are usually available, but may be hard to find on summer holiday weekends.

Campers using the walk-in tent sites are allowed one vehicle (no RV parking for walk-in tent sites). All other campsites are allowed two primary recreational camping units per site (car, pickup, motorhome, pop-up trailer, in which people are sleeping). If space allows, the following may also be at the site: tents, boat trailer, and vehicles not used for sleeping. Overnight parking is not available at the Elk Creek Visitor Center.

Open: All year
Sites: 157
Accessible Sites: yes
Water: yes, mid-May to mid-September
Flush Toilets: yes, mid-May to mid-September
Vault Toilets: yes
Electric Hookups: yes, Loop D only
Dump Station: yes
Showers: no
Tables & Fire Grates: yes
Visitor Center: yes
Ranger Programs: yes
Marina: yes, mid-May to early September
Restaurant: no
Boat Ramp: yes
Fish Cleaning Station: yes
Elevation: 7540 feet

Elk Creek Campground Map

Loop C (first-come first-served) $16 per night ($8 per night with Interagency Senior/Access Pass)
Loops A & B $16 per night, plus reservation fee ($8 per night with Interagency Senior/Access Pass)
Loop D (electric) $22 per night, plus reservation fee ($14 per night for Interagency Senior/Access Pass)


Reservation Information

Reservations can be made for Loops A, B and D. Reservations are strongly recommended and must be made at least 1 day in advance.

Last updated: August 30, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

102 Elk Creek
Gunnison, CO 81230


970 641-2337 x205

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