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MONTROSE, Colo. – A water-filled wonderland in south-central Colorado is this week’s destination for the National Park Getaway.

Fewer than 12 inches of precipitation fall annually at Curecanti National Recreation Area, yet it is home to Colorado’s largest body of water. Blue
Mesa Reservoir is one of three reservoirs along the once wild Gunnison River that were created primarily to provide water storage in the Upper Colorado River Basin.

Well known for outstanding salmon and trout fishing, Curecanti also offers opportunities for hiking, boating, camping and bird watching. Beyond the lakes, you’ll find sagebrush covered mesas, tall cottonwood trees and lush undergrowth of willow, steep canyons, and areas of ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and aspen.

Fire restrictions are in effect until further notice:
• No open fires are allowed, including beach fires.
• Campfires must be in the grates provided in designated campgrounds.
• Cooking on charcoal or gas grills will be permitted.
• Smoking is only allowed in an enclosed vehicle, trailer, tent, or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet away from anything flammable.

Curecanti National Recreation Area RV Camping

Curecanti National Recreation Area RV Camping

The recreation area’s 10 campgrounds have a variety of services to accommodate tents or recreational vehicles.

You’ll be hooked by the rugged beauty and recreational opportunities. This week’s National Park Getaway article at www.nps.gov/getaways will lure you in.

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