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Blue Mesa Dam - Things to Know Before Visiting

Blue Mesa Dam, Gunnison, CO 81230, USA


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About Blue Mesa Dam

Blue Mesa Dam is on the Gunnison river about 30 miles below Gunnison, and 1.5 miles below Sapinero, Colorado. Blue Mesa Dam and reservoir are part of the Bureau of Reclamation's Wayne N. Aspinall Unit of the Colorado River Storage Project, which retains the waters of the Colorado River and its tributaries for agricultural and municipal use in the American Southwest. The dam has a volume of 3,080,000 cubic yards and the spillway intake structure has two radial gates.

Attractions Near Blue Mesa Dam

Curecanti Needle
Curecanti Needle6.99km from Blue Mesa Dam

Curecanti Needle is a 700 foot granite spire located deep within Curecanti National Recreation Area in western Colorado. Used for many years as an advertising symbol for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, whose narrow-gauge railway famously ran along the northern bank of the river and passed near the Needle, the spire is today part of the Curecanti National Recreation Area, a National Park Service facility that encompasses three impoundments of the Gunnison river.

Blue Mesa Reservoir
Blue Mesa Reservoir10.98km from Blue Mesa Dam

Blue Mesa Reservoir is the state's largest body of water, which means abundant recreation and lounge-worthy beaches.It’s 20 miles long and features 96 miles of shoreline to explore. Options for play include sailing, power boating, fishing, and water skiing. Windsurfing is popular among those looking to get a workout on the water.

Curecanti National Recreation Area
Curecanti National Recreation Area14.64km from Blue Mesa Dam

Curecanti National Recreation Area is a series of three reservoirs along the once wild Gunnison River. It used to be a nice destination for camping and fishing. Now it just seems to be an overnight campground for tourists. The state's premiere lake trout and Kokanee salmon fisheries, Curecanti is a popular destination for boating and fishing, and is also a popular area for ice-fishing in the winter months.

West Elk Wilderness
West Elk Wilderness31.1km from Blue Mesa Dam

West Elk Wilderness within Gunnison National Forest is 176,412 acres, the fifth largest Wilderness in Colorado. The area supports large elk and deer populations and is busiest during the fall hunting season. A good location to get interact with the wilderness and also there are so many things to see and do here.

West Elk Peak
West Elk Peak31.68km from Blue Mesa Dam

West Elk Peak, elevation 13,042 ft, is the highest summit in the West Elk Mountains of Gunnison County, Colorado. The mountain is in the West Elk Wilderness, northwest of Gunnison. The terrain consists mostly of volcanic breccia, known in this area as West Elk Breccia, dated at 35 to 30 million years old.A good trekking destination and also you can explore some nice hisotirc locations where you can see the history of this location.

Saddle Mountain
Saddle Mountain32.13km from Blue Mesa Dam

Saddle Mountain is a large, conical mountain located on the western side of the West Elk Mountains southeast of Crawford, Colorado. It has an elevation of 10,005 ft with over 3,000 ft of vertical relief above the valley below. Although it has the classic shape of an extinct volcano, Saddle Mountain is an exposed igneous intrusion that geologists call a laccolith.

Where is Blue Mesa Dam

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Gunnison County
Gunnison County
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Gunnison County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. There aren’t many towns around, making it an ideal place to get away. The surrounding area is filled with year-round recreation in the great outdoors. The town sits at 7,703 feet and had a population of 6,560 in 2020.