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 sq km) archeological district, a narrow gauge train, and traces of 6000-year-old dwellings further enhance the offerings of Curecanti.
There are three visitor centers within the recreation area, all operated by the National Park Service:
- Elk Creek Visitor Center is located 16 miles (26 km) west of Gunnison, Colorado on U.S. Highway 50 and has displays on the natural and cultural history of the area.
- Cimarron Visitor Center (closed) is located in Cimarron, Colorado near Morrow Point Dam. The visitor center has narrow gauge railroad cars and engines on display.
- Lake Fork Visitor Center (closed) is located near Sapinero, Colorado near the Lake Fork Campground.
There are also two marinas and five boat launches along the shores of Blue Mesa
- Elk Creek Marina is located near the visitor center at Elk Creek. This marina also includes a restaurant and boat launch.
- Lake Fork Marina is located near Sapinero, Colorado and is nearby both the Lake Fork campground, visitor center, and boat launch.
- Steven's Creek boat launch
- Iola boat launch
- Ponderosa boat launch
and Rio Grande Western Railroad Narrow Gauge Trestle is located in Cimarron Canyon near Morrow Point Dam. It is the last remaining narrow gauge railroad trestle in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The trestle was built in 1895 by the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.