We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Curecanti National Recreation Area

Gunnison, CO
+1 970-641-2337
Review Highlights
Gorgeous NRA!

We had planned on just passing through on our route, however ended up spending several days here... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Julie R
Independence, Missouri, United States
Beautiful and rainy

We camped here for 14 days and had 11 days of rain. It is a beautiful lake though and the sunsets... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dave M
Ellsworth, Kansas
Read all 119 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
This 42,000-acre Recreation Area features three reservoirs, Blue Mesa, Morrow Point and Crystal, which are surrounded by rugged, steep-walled canyons and mesas.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“boat tour” (24 reviews)
“morrow point” (20 reviews)
“black canyon” (13 reviews)
Gunnison, CO
+1 970-641-2337
Write a Review
Reviews (119)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 113 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had planned on just passing through on our route, however ended up spending several days here. It is a beautiful area. We didn't do any boating or fishing but enjoyed the beauty. Be sure and drive highway 92 along the edge of the gorge....More

Thank Julie R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We camped here for 14 days and had 11 days of rain. It is a beautiful lake though and the sunsets were nice; both of them. Will not go back, the area is just too rainy.

Thank Dave M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The big reservoir is heavily used by fishermen. Not much other recreation boating that I could see. It gets very windy with the open landscape. Poor for swimming and not great for unpowered boats, although some people we canoeing or kayaking near the shore.

1  Thank David T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great lake and it was beautiful. The road was being worked on but it gave me time to star at the lovely reservoir

Thank Mary J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love the area around Blue Mesa Reservoir. It's beautiful whether driving through it or camping there. We spent several nights this year on two different occasions at the Elk Creek Campground and thoroughly enjoyed it. The subsets have been breathtaking. The toilets are clean....More

Thank DebbieAdkins
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took the 10:00 AM Boat trip up the Gunnison River with Ranger Curt and Capt. Donald. Both were courteous and were very professional. Ranger Curt's interpretation was both informative and humorous. Capt. Donald made everyone feel safe and comfortable. Views of the Black Canyon from...More

Thank acgator
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful time sightseeing and relaxing day boating. Many places to visit and very beautiful place!!

Thank Sabine_Colorado
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

enjoyed a day on the lake with our son and his family.... as an out-of-state boater, the Colorado Game and Fish folks made our check-in and inspection for zebra mussels an easy but complete inspection. Made us feel welcome... People at the Visitor Center were...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Fishing and paddle boarding were excellent things to do in this area. We enjoyed hanging out by the lake and would return.

Thank billies757
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Had a simple dinner at the Elk River Marina. Nice open patio with quick and attentive service! Can't wait to revisit the area.

Thank PBandJ2003
Nearby Restaurants
Mario's Pizza & Pasta
325 reviews
13.23 km away
W Cafe
247 reviews
13.43 km away
The Gunnisack
356 reviews
13.46 km away
Ol Miner Steakhouse
384 reviews
13.42 km away
Nearby Attractions
Three Rivers Resort and Outfitting
127 reviews
27.41 km away
Blue Mesa Fishing
103 reviews
9.51 km away
Gunnison National Forest
86 reviews
13.80 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Rachel H
21 September 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Pat D | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are only certain areas that do not allow pets, such as in the Ranger station. Dogs are allowed in the park, but I would suggest a leash and baggies for doggie business! It is an open area with rougher... More
3 July 2015|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Richard S | Reviewed this property |