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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 will lure you in.

DENVER – Looking for a gift for family, friends or co-workers who love the outdoors? A Colorado State Parks Annual Pass is a gift of outdoor cheer that lasts all year and doesn’t require a shopping trip. The passes are available online at The annual passes provide free access for everyone in the vehicle to all 42 state parks throughout 2012.

Colorado State Parks offer settings of natural beauty across the state, nearly every kind of outdoor recreation – boating, camping, fishing, hiking, rock climbing and sledding – and special programs for youngsters and adults. Check your holiday giving list for people who love the outdoors or enjoy the recreational fun at Colorado State Parks.

The annual pass is $70 and is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. For additional information or to order a pass over the phone, call 303-866-3437.

Need more holiday giving ideas? Gift certificates, which can be used for annual and daily passes, dog off-leash area passes at Cherry Creek and Chatfield State Parks and overnight stays in cozy cabins and yurts, are popular gifts and stocking stuffers. Purchase online for $5, $10, $25, $35, $60 or $70 or buy in any amount at a Colorado State Park office. The gift certificates are also good for reservation fees. And, Colorado State Park gift certificates never expire.

The annual passes are also available all Colorado State Parks, at the Colorado State Parks Denver office, the southeast region office in Colorado Springs, the Rocky Mountain region office in Clifton near Grand Junction, and the Littleton office. The passes are also available at many King Soopers, Safeway, City Market, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Gander Mountain and REI stores. Visit for a complete list of retail outlets.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife gets everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado’s 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado’s economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s 11 seasonal campgrounds on reservoirs throughout the Tennessee River watershed will open for the 2011 recreation season on Friday, March 18.

These are in addition to about 70 TVA day-use recreation areas located on dam reservations that are open year-round. Day-use recreation areas are used for hiking, fishing, boating, picnicking, wildlife viewing and swimming.

The season for most campgrounds runs through Nov. 14. Three sites will remain open a month longer through Dec. 12: Douglas Dam Headwater Campground, Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground and Pickwick Dam Tailwater Campground.

Campground opening times and additional information on recreation opportunities on TVA reservoirs are available by calling 800-882-5263 or visiting

TVA campgrounds that will open on March 18 are:

  • Cherokee Dam Campground – Cherokee Reservoir near Morristown, Tenn.
  • Douglas Dam Headwater Campground – Douglas Reservoir near Sevierville, Tenn.
  • Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground – Douglas Reservoir near Dandridge, Tenn.
  • Foster Falls Campground – Marion County, Tenn.
  • Melton Hill Dam Campground – Melton Hill Reservoir near Oak Ridge, Tenn.
  • Barton Springs Campground – Normandy Reservoir near Manchester, Tenn.
  • Loyston Point Campground – Norris Reservoir near Norris, Tenn.
  • Pickwick Dam Tailwater Campground – Pickwick Reservoir near Savannah, Tenn.
  • Watauga Dam Tailwater Campground – Watauga Reservoir near Elizabethton, Tenn.
  • Mallard Creek Campground – Wheeler Reservoir near Rogersville, Ala.
  • Wilson Dam Rockpile Campground – Wilson Reservoir near Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Camping with campfires is a traditional way of enjoying the outdoors. However, imported firewood can spread pest infestations that kill trees. To prevent the spread of these destructive pests, TVA recommends buying firewood that is cut locally, preferably within the same county where it will be burned.

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