This stop has Restrooms

Located in Curecanti National Recreation Area is the Blue Mesa Reservoir. The 20-mile long reservoir is the largest in the state and is a popular recreation area for anglers, boaters, hikers, campers, and swimmers. 

This Junction is the connection to the West Elk Loop Scenic & Historic Byway, a 204-mile loop. Head west on US Hwy toward the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Closest services are found in the City of Gunnison, nine miles to the east on US Hwy 50.

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Credits and Acknowledgments

The research, writing and production of this interpretive booklet were made possible by grants from the following generous organizations: Federal Highway Administration Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), colorado Historical Society, Western Colorado Interpretive Association (WCIA), Hinsdale County Lodging Tax Panel, Lake City Chamber of Commerce, the Creede and Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, the Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway Council, and the Rio Grande Watershed Emergency Action Coordination Team. Special thanks to Grant Houston of the Hinsdale County Historical Society, Lynna Jackson of Creede, Nancy Houston, and the authors, Laurene Farley and Sandy Thompson of the U.S. Forest Service, Gunnison, Colorado. Layout and design update by B4 Studio, Creede.