hiking

dogs on leash

Curecanti National Recreation Area, in Colorado, is formed by three reservoirs, named for corresponding dams on the Gunnison River. The national recreation area borders Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park on the west. Panoramic mesas, fjord-like reservoirs, and deep, steep and narrow canyons abound. Recently discovered dinosaur fossils, a 6,700-acre (20 km) archeological district, a narrow gauge train, and traces of 6000 year old dwellings further enhance the offerings of Curecanti.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail but easier than local trail maps describe it. Still a nice little workout trail and relaxing view of both the pinnacles and Blue Mesa Reservoir at the top. Take a yoga mat or a chair for lounging at the big open lookout point.

hiking
3 months ago

This is an amazing trail... Drops 900ft so be prepared. Bring lots of water..

Nice trail--was there on a wet day, recommend not going when it's been wet, as the soil gets pretty muddy and traffic contributes to trail degradation. But overall, the trail is well maintained and gives a great view of the Dillon Pinnacles. Dogs are allowed, on leash, so that's a plus!

hiking
4 months ago

3 miles down to a the beautiful river, then 3 miles back up. Fantastic hike.

Gorgeous!! Must do!

It was nice, a pretty relaxing hike.

Great trail! Lots of beautiful scenery and not too difficult. Would not recommend this for small children or older people....an older gentleman was injured on some rocks and had to have search and rescue come assist while we were there.

Great views of the Pinnacles but you see it all from the road. No adventure around the next corner.

Love this trail! It can be a bit strenuous and rocky in spots. It is very beautiful and strenuous. This is a hike that you do want to be prepared for. (ie a pack with emergency supplies, food, water)

Love all the water on this trail. Great hike!

walking
1 year ago

Very short. And most of the time flooded but you can see moose and salmon and all sorts of critters along the waters edge.

Nice trail with scenic views. You can tell lots of animals are around. Decently maintained in the beginning but has no defined end.

birding
2 years ago

I would give this trail a 5 for birding and a 3 for maintenance. We saw lots of birds and enjoyed the sounds of them and the frogs. The river is encroaching on the trail and unless something is done, parts of it will be gone.

The trail is fairly level to begin with nice views of the reservoir, then a steady climb to the pinnacles. Very nice.

walking
2 years ago

Good for a short stroll. You can hear Highway 50 the whole time, and the trail becomes confusing towards the end (at least during snowy weather, which is what I had). I would recommend it if you wanted a quick outing.

walking
3 years ago

Beautiful area with picnic tables and good trail. A nice place to take a break from our cross-country drive from Colorado Springs to home in California.

hiking
4 years ago

This is one my wife's and my favorite places on earth. It is very peaceful, please help keep it that way. It is restricted occasionally, so please check with the rangers before you take it.
It is an exposed trail and this region gets extremely hot. SO, pack as much water as you think you'll need and then add some more. The trail is well-marked and easily followed. It is slightly difficult in places, nothing too technical, but it is strenuous. It is a dead end trail with a very peaceful picnic area as the pay-off. The canyon is breathtaking and the views are stunning.
Anytime I'm near here I will take the time to do this hike again. I can not stress enough though to be conscious of the heat