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Curecanti National Recreation Area

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This 42,000-acre Recreation Area features three reservoirs, Blue Mesa,...

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.

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Beautiful scenery and not over crowded

The Blue Mesa Reservoir is a wonderful place to visit any time of year. It never seems over crowded and offers plenty of places to access the lake. Camping is available as well as... read more

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Crested Butte, Colorado
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Crested Butte, Colorado
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34 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Blue Mesa Reservoir is a wonderful place to visit any time of year. It never seems over crowded and offers plenty of places to access the lake. Camping is available as well as two marinas. Food is pretty limited though with only one restaurant at the Elk Creek Marina. The food is not very good but also not very... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is so serene and therapeutic. It's so quiet that I heard my son whisper from about 20 yards away! The waters are sparkling and the mountains are breathtaking. I could have just sat and soaked in the atmosphere forever. I never thought I'd find a body of water, other than the ocean, to be so relaxing. This scene... More 

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Quincy, Illinois
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105 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The lakes are wonderful with the mountains as a backdrop. Picnic areas are plentiful. Don't expect flush toilets. Great experience with miles of hiking paths.

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was such a memorable experience for us, I would highly recommend it to all in the area. Ranger-led expeditions are always so enjoyable and full of information. You start down the Pine Creek Trail, all 232 steps of it, down to the canyon floor and then it's a short walk along the Gunnison River to the Pine Creek Boat... More 

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Gunnison, Colorado
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19 reviews
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Reviewed 17 November 2016

Growing up in Gunnison, the Curecanti National Recreation Area was a big part of my life. So many things to do...and so beautiful!

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Camden, Arkansas
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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

A group of 20 of us on motorcycles made the trip on CO 92 from Delta to Gunnison. BEAUTIFUL! Aspens were changing, road was scenic and challenging!

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West Chester, Ohio, United States
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Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

What a lovely scenic drive! Blue Mesa Reservoir is great for boating and fishing. Several campgrounds along the shore. No trees, no shade. No electric, but most have water.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

We arrived at closing which precluded the normal visiting but the Ranger went out of his way to recommend local restaurants and a place for coffee in the morning.

Thank Noel J
Telluride, Colorado
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36 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

Stunning beauty with lots of options of things to do from hiking to fishing or boating OR just taking time to admire the beauty! Place to visit more than once!! But DO at least visit once!!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

From a 1 mile low impact trail great for kids to a 28 mile serious work out Curecanti has it all Dillon Pinnacles was a good early morning walk Bring water and a snack

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