Evening Programs

Evening Program at Elk Creek Campground
The Elk Creek campground amphitheater is located along the shoreline of Blue Mesa in Loop A of the campground.

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Explore and learn about Curecanti wildlife, history, natural and cultural resources, and more at an illustrated program with a park ranger. Evening programs are presented at the Elk Creek Campground amphitheater at 9 pm (May, June, and July) or 8 pm (August and September).

Program Topics

More topics will be listed at the start of the summer season.

  • Water conservation in the West
  • Astronomy
  • Leave No Trace principles
  • Paleonotological resources

Gunnison Valley Observatory

Join a ranger for an evening astronomy program at the Gunnison Valley Observatory. Learn about the moon, planets, and deep-sky objects visible in our clear, dark skies. Every Friday night during the summer season, a Curecanti park ranger will give a brief presentation followed by viewing objects with observatory telescopes.

Gunnison Valley Observatory is located west of Gunnison, south of US Highway 50. Call the Elk Creek Visitor Center at 970-641-2337 or visit www.gunnisonvalleyobservatory.org for directions or more information. The Observatory opens at sunset; programs start at 8:50pm (weather dependent).

Last updated: May 20, 2024

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102 Elk Creek
Gunnison, CO 81230


970 641-2337 x205

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