(Curecanti National Recreation Area, CO)
Summer programs are in full swing at Curecanti National Recreation Area and at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park through the end of summer. NPS spokesperson Sandy Snell-Dolbert says that the diverse programs include: a full moon hike, weather permitting, with the moonlight shimmering on the surface of Blue Mesa Reservoir. Park visitors can enjoy a night hike with Ranger Ali while testing their nocturnal bearings. The hike begins at the statuesque Dillon Pinnacles Trailhead and runs along the shore of Blue Mesa reservoir. The hike is free and is limited to 15 people per walk. Reservations can be made by calling the Elk Creek Visitor Center.
Science Saturdays include a fun yet educational talk with Ranger Dianna that will visitors familiarize themselves with badgers, big horns, bears and other critters that call the area home. The talk is followed by hands-on activities with rocks, plants, and animals.
Fishing Fridays feature Ranger Stephan who addresses fishing on the popular reservoir, with tips on gear and bait. The weekly talk happens each Friday night, weather cooperating, at the Elk Creek Amphitheatre at 8 p.m. Swapping tall tales of fishing exploits is encouraged!
One of the most popular Ranger-led activities at Curecanti is the Morrow Point Boat Tour, departing every day except Tuesdays from Pine Creek at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Participants will enjoy a leisurely 90-minute boat tour with a Park Ranger on scenic Morrow Point Reservoir. The vessel travels into the upper Black Canyon of the Gunnison while the Ranger shares insights into the natural and cultural history of Black Canyon. The tour begins with a 1-mile hike along Pine Creek Trail and includes a series of over 200-steps to reach the boat dock.
For more information on Ranger led programs at Curecanti and Black Canyon call (970) 641-2337.