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“Black Canyon of the Gunnison”

Curecanti National Recreation Area
Ranked #4 of 42 things to do in Gunnison
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This 42,000-acre Recreation Area features three reservoirs, Blue Mesa, Morrow Point and Crystal, which are surrounded by rugged, steep-walled canyons and mesas.
Reviewed September 16, 2013

We started off our tour going through the Curecanti National Recreation area. We stopped at the visitors center run by the park service. We were greeted by a very knowledgeable and friendly Park Ranger. He went over the areas of interest and marked them on the map. He also went on to help plan our trip after leaving the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. We followed everything he recommended and had a wonderful day. I wish I had gotten his name but I do remember he was originally from Conneticut. His love for this area was quite apparent and it was nice to hear such positive remarks.

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Reviewed September 5, 2013

Nice, calm Ranger-led pontoon boat tour. Good interpretation---did a nice job explaining the history of the canyon and contemporary water use. Great tour for taking photos.

1  Thank ColoradoLiketoTravel
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

We love to take visitors on this boat ride. This time we took our daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren. As we got on the boat, we were greeted by friends from home whom we didn't know were in the area too (small world). The ride up and back is beautiful and very informative. Saw a bald eagle both ways. Lots of opportunities for pictures. Be warned, it is a long way down to the boat and then back up your car. Delightful experience. Our government dollars working well for us!

1  Thank Jim H
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Just went on the 90 minute boat tour, Morrow Point, loved it. You must make reservations in advance, just call the phone # on the web site and they'll take your info and payment information. There is a short steep walk down to the river, but most of it was on steps, so it really wasn't as hard as you would think, then there is about a 1/2 mile walk to where the boat departs. There are restrooms next to the boat dock. The entire first portion of the boat tour is narrated by a Park Ranger, who teaches you about the river, the area, wildlife, and some of the challenges of the water management in the area. I surprised to learn that 19 states and 2 countries receive water from Colorado. Then on the last half of the tour, you can ask all of the questions you would like. Make sure and wear a hat, have some sunscreen with you, and don't forget your camera. There is nothing like seeing the area from the level of a being on a boat.

Also, if you are lucky you'll get to see some wildlife on the trip, as we were able to see a beautiful eagle, posing on the tree for us. The boat captain said on the day before, they saw a couple of bears.

6  Thank Kathy T
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

We took this 1.5 hour boat ride in which you have to make prior reservations. It was amazing to see the canyon from the bottom up and hear the history of the area. The boat rides rain or shine and has a limit of 42 people. Be prepared for the 200+ steps plus a hike to the docking area so give yourself about an hour depending on your fitness level.

1  Thank Ann M
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