Doug & Barbara Peterson

Doug & Barbara Peterson
Barbara & I at a scenic overlook on the skyline drive in the Rocky Mountain National Park, 8-13-2016

Friday, August 2, 2019

Summer Trip 2019, Elk River Campground, Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison River Valley


Blue Mesa Reservoir, Elk Creek campground
The Curecanti National Recreation area is just west of Gunnison, Co located in the majestic Gunnison river canyon. We were pleasantly surprised on how beautiful this area is with the many reservoirs and national park campgrounds available for visitors to enjoy water sports and scenic views of the nearby Mesa's. We stayed just one night at Elk Creek campground on the Blue Mesa reservoir. There is electric in loop D however you have to make reservations well in advance during the summer season to get one. The sites are sunny however since this area is above 7,000 feet the daytime highs are comfortable with refreshing cool nights for sleeping. There are showers and flush toilets. We did not have electric however my solar panel provided all the power we needed to charge are lights and equipment. 

Our campsite at Elk Creek campground, (Our solar panel is mounted on top of our Aliner)

Blue Mesa

Water sports of all kinds our popular on the Blue Mesa reservoir 

Barbara enjoying the waters of the Blue Mesa reservoir 

Sunset over Blue Mesa reservoir 
On our way from Paonia State Park to Elk Creek we drove on scenic highway 92 over the mountains past the east entrance of Black Canyon National Park. The drive was perhaps one of the top 5 drives on our trip with beautiful views of the surrounding mountain scenery. We marveled at the Blue Mesa dam from the overlook not far from Highway 92 meets Highway 50. This area of Colorado is truly spectacular in it's diversity of landscapes and breath taking views

Hermits Rest high up above the Gunnison River Valley on Highway 92

View of the Gunnison River from Hermit's Rest

The Blue Mesa Dam

The Gunnison River Valley west of the Blue Mesa Dam

Traveling scenic highway 92

Gunnison River Valley


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