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Curecanti Creek Trail is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cimarron, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 836 ft Route type Out & Back

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Hiking

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River

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Waterfall

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After descending from the high rim of the Upper Black Canyon of the Gunnison, the trail follows Curecanti Creek as it falls toward Morrow Point Reservoir. The Curecanti Needle, a 700 ft. granite spire, towers above at the trail's end.

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Reviews (127)
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Recordings (78)
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Betsy O'Connell
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Hiking

One of my favorite hikes! Loved the creek that runs next to the trail. Go early like other people have suggested. The parking lot was packed by noon every though we went on a Wednesday.

Troy Balenti
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Go early! Beautiful hike in & the hike out is a little tough on an old fat guy! You can swim in the water at the bottom!

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Troy Balenti
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HikingGreat!Rocky
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Brian Casella
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Hiking

After numerous hikes all through Colorado this is definitely one of the best. A 1,000+ elevation drop in the hike going in but it’s not as terrible as I thought on the way up. Going in the morning was great. Cool with plenty of shade for most of the trail

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Lort Ikins
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

Listen to the other reviews saying to leave earlier rather than later. It gets hot!

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Skylar Ely
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HikingRocky

Great trail with some tough rock steps the last half a mile or so. Took us 50 minus down and about an hour back. Take water as the canyon does heat up. Was perfect early in the morning.

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Griffin H
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Hiking

One of the best little trails I’ve ever been on. Trail is in good condition, about half of it is shaded pretty well too. The bridge crossings are fun. There’s these big rocks about a half mile before the finish that we dubbed “the air conditioning rocks” which seemingly blow out drafts of cold air, which was great on a warm day like today. Everyone mentions the pay off at the end, and that doesn’t disappoint. Spectacular view. There’s even a picnic table and bathroom at the bottom if you’re planning to stay a while.

christel Porter
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Beautiful trail! One of the most scenic. The very end is breathtaking

Dani Haygood
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jul 06 2020
Hiking

What a reward for a short hike down! Go all the way to the bottom for an insane canyon swimming hole. Absolutely beautiful. Icy water and chances of thunderstorms/hail in the afternoon. Be prepared, but do enjoy! The hike up is steep but short.

Kirk Daus
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Go to the end of the trail. It's totally worth it!

John Cardwell
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Hiking

Probably the only trail worth doing in Curecanti. If you are visiting Black Canyon and want to see what it looks like at the bottom, but aren't up to doing one of the extreme routes from the top, then this is your best choice. It's a lot of elevation but isn't difficult if you take your time. I would get there early. Not sure what the rules are for swimming but a family was swimming at the end of it so maybe bring a swimsuit if that interests you (if it's actually allowed). View of the Curecanti Needle at the end of the trail actually isn't all that good, it's obscured by the canyon walls.

Courtney J
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Hiking

Not too challenging and SO beautiful the entire trip. Major bang for your buck, 11/10 would recommend.

Nevena Blattner
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Hiking

One of the most beautiful trails! Offers everything - spectacular views, waterfalls/creek, nice shaded walks thru trees, steps and some little scrambling, couple bridge crossings and on the bottom you are rewarded with awesome cove beach landing! Our dogs did fine, lots of water stops along the creek! Highly recommended!

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Jennifer M.A.
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HikingRocky

Unreal views. Very well maintained.

Aimee Menne
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Hiking

Excellent trail - highly recommend. The trail is in great shape. The bottom does get a bit rocky so for folks who are less balanced/mobile should definitely have poles. There’s two different picnic tables at the bottom and a bathroom which is very nice.

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Old Goat Hiking
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Hiking

Really nice hike! Even the ride to the trailhead is scenic... Worth the climb back out to have visited the canyon floor!

Stephanie Shannon
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Hiking

Wow what a gorgeous trails. Parts of this trail reminded me of hiking the waterfalls around Yosemite and Northern California. We took our two dogs and they were so so hot in the sunny part before the first big bridge. It’s a pretty steep rocky decent and then of course what goes down must come up with an out and back :) I’d say this is a moderate trail with steep rock steps towards the bottom of the waterfall. Was very very very rewarding and beautiful though. Great bun workout! :) bring water and sunscreen, allow 3 hours.

Elaina Spiekermann
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Hiking

The views and nature along the trail are great but just wait for the viewpoint at the end. Super well marked and not too difficult. Highly recommend

Kyli Ringeman
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HikingRocky
Brian Dominic
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Hiking

Great trail and very quiet on a Tuesday late morning! The creek was running really fast.

Crystal Au
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Hiking

Hiked this on 5/22, trail was in great condition and clearly marked. Beach at the bottom was nice. There were a couple of camping spots along the trail

Carolyn Taylor
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Hiking

Great Spring hike in the sunshine on the decent and river bottom was shady in & out of snow with a few icy areas still, but not too muddy. Doable all the way to the dam. Canyon wrens singing and vultures soaring around canyon walls. Spectacular day. Mid April, before runoff. The bottom can be moderately technical.

Matthew Suda
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Hiking

Stopped for about an hour and a half at the bottom to fish! Beautiful hike.

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Sara H
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Hiking

We just made it to the 1st bridge because of 2 dogs on a hot day. Beautiful - including the drive to the trailhead.

Stephen Duskin
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Jack Berning
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Hiking

Had the canyon all to myself early on a Monday Morning. I highly recommend finding some of your own time out there.

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