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National Park Service closing parts of Black Canyon due to new CO health orders

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Posted at 4:34 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 18:35:01-04

MONTROSE AND GUNNISON, CO — According the National Park Service, parts of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area will be clored and suspended due to new COVID-19 protocol in Montrose and Gunnison counties.

As of April 3, Black Canyon and Curecanti will offer no services outside those that support visitor or resource protection.

At Curecanti, the Blue Mesa, Morrow Point, and Crystal Reservoirs, as well as the Gunnison River from Riverway to the Lake City Bridge, will be closed to boating until at least April 30. Campgrounds and the Elk Creek Visitor Center, as well as all restroom facilities, will also be closed.

The Gunnison River, and the reservoirs, are open for bank fishing. In addition, the traisl will also remain open.

At Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, the South Rim Road will remain closed beyond the Visitor Cente with the North Rim road, and all trails on north rim, also closed until further notice.

The Inner Canyon and all routes and trails that go into the inner canyon from either rim are closed.

In addition, all restrooms, visitor center, and campgrounds will be closed.

Tomichi and Gunnison Point overlooks, as well as the Rim Rock and Oak Flat Trails are open. The South Rim drive may be walked, but bicycles are not permitted.

As always, remember to get out and spread out when heading to these locations.