curecanti national recreation area

Curecanti National Recreation Area in Colorado is a series of three reservoirs along the once wild Gunnison River. The reservoirs that make up Curecanti today are a destination for water-based recreation high in the Rocky Mountains. Best known for salmon and trout fishing, Curecanti also offers opportunities for hiking, boating, camping and bird watching. Start planning your trip now. Photo by Alex Stephens, Bureau of Reclamation.

I have three weeks off in August and Vin and I are planning an epic road trip. Gonna hit up Badlands, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Arches, Black Canyon at the Gunnison, Curecanti National Recreation area (I drove through there last year when I went to CO and have been dying to back and spend some time there), Maroon Bells, Mt. Evan, and Rocky Mountain National Park.


Black Canyon at Sunset., by DavidSoldano

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is a United States National Park located in western Colorado and managed by the National Park Service. The park contains 12 miles (19 km) of the 48-mile (77 km) long canyon of the Gunnison River. The national park itself contains the deepest and most dramatic section of the canyon, but the canyon continues upstream into Curecanti National Recreation Area and downstream into Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area. The canyon’s name owes itself to the fact that parts of the gorge only receive 33 minutes of sunlight a day, according to “The Black Canyon of the Gunnison.” In the book, Vandenbusche states, “Several canyons of the American West are longer and some are deeper, but none combines the depth, sheerness, narrowness, darkness, and dread of the Black Canyon.