Curecanti National Recreation Area

Superintendent Name: 
Connie Rudd
Curecanti National Recreation Area encompasses three reservoirs, which form the heart of the park. Colorado's largest body of water, Blue Mesa Reservoir, is the largest Kokanee Salmon fishery in the U.S. Morrow Point Reservoir is the beginning of the Black Canyon, and below, East Portal is the site of the Gunnison Diversion Tunnel, a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Panoramic mesas, fjord-like reservoirs, and deep, steep and narrow canyons abound. Also, recently discovered dinosaur fossils, a 5,000 archeological district, a narrow gauge train, and traces of 6,000 year-old dwellings draw visitors from around the world.
Park Acreage: 
41972
Highest Point: 
Blue Mesa Lake
Highest Point Elevation: 
7519 feet
Visitor Count: 
936380
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Denver Railroad; Rio Grande Western Railroad; Blue Mesa; Morrow Point Reservoir; Crystal Reservoir
Endangered Species: 
Great Blue Heron; Gunnison Sage Grouse
Entrance Fees: 
Free; East Portal Entrance Fee: $15 per vehicle
Nearest Major City: 
Montrose, CO
Gateway Communities: 
Cimarron, CO; Gunnison, CO
Nearby Airports: 
Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ)