Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Curecanti National Recreation Area, CO



Yesterday we ended up at Elk Creek Campground in the Curecanti National Recreation Area between Montrose and Gunnison. This is quite a change in scenery from Ouray, but we do like the wide open spaces.

We didn’t care for any of the non-reserved sites so picked a couple reserved ones that were open for a few nights. We decided to just pay for one night ($6 with the senior pass and no hookups, but there is a dump and water), then last evening after our daily thunderstorm, went for a drive to look at several other campgrounds.

This morning we moved 4 miles east towards Gunnison to Steven’s Creek, where we are even closer to the shore of Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado’s largest body of water. It’s a fine spot to hang out for awhile as we await our Iowa friends Chuck and Carla, who should be here this weekend.

Today we went into Gunnison, a 10 mile drive, to pick up the cat’s medicine at the post office. On the way was a short hiking trail along the Gunnison River, so we stopped and took a little walk. A bit different from the mountain hiking we did in Ouray, but it was shady, cool, and pleasant. Tomorrow we’ll get back to some real hiking, as there are plenty of trails nearby.

Scenes from the Neversink Trail.



Looking forward to more sunsets over the lake like we had last night.


This reminds us of New Mexico.


  1. That last sunset picture is gorgeous!

  2. That river looks so refreshing. Nice pics.

  3. You guys just really do find some terrific places. This looks like a great place to "hang out".

  4. Just catching up on your last three posts. I'm glad Jim's knee is getting better (and that he still likes dogs). You're really moving - I feel very lazy in comparison. But you're seeing some beautiful country. Don't you just HATE to pay that much for a campsite? Hi to Debbie! :)

  5. BTW, you've been on my blogroll for quite a while, but I just noticed I never became a follower of your blog. That's why I'm showing as a (not so) new follower. :)