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Blue-Mesa-Reservoir is located in southwest Colorado in the Curecanti National Recreation Area. It's the largest body of water located entirely within the state of Colorado. Blue Mesa Reservoir is approximately 20 miles long and has 96 miles of shoreline. It's also the largest lake trout and Kokanee salmon fishing lake in the United States. Situated at 7,491 feet above sea level, Blue Mesa Reservoir is surrounded by beautiful mesas and deep narrow canyons, and there is no entrance fee to enjoy all of this natural beauty. Four boat ramps are located on the lake and there are two marinas that offer boat rentals, tackle, fishing licenses and food. The marinas close for the season on October 15th. Guided fishing trips are also available at Blue Mesa Reservoir. In addition to fishing and boating, other activities include wind surfing, water-skiing, horseback riding and ice-fishing in the wintertime. Hiking is very popular, and there are literally too many hiking trails in the area to list. Nearby Gunnison offers a 5,000-acre archeological site and a historic narrow-gauge mining railroad to explore. Other nearby attractions include the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area. Several visitor centers are located around the lake at Blue Mesa Point, Elk Creek Marina and Cimarron.

Surrounding areas: Gunnison, Colorado (16.2 mi), Almont, Colorado (23.8 mi), Crawford, Colorado (26.8 mi), Irwin, Colorado (28.4 mi), Crested Butte, Colorado (29.9 mi), Lake City, Colorado (31.1 mi), Paonia, Colorado (34.2 mi)

Blue Mesa Reservoir Vacation Rentals

Blue Mesa Reservoir Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Ramada LTD #19731011 W Rio Grande AveGunnison, CO15.3 mi.(970) 641-2804
Best Western Tomichi Village Inn41883 U S Hwy 50 EGunnison, CO16.3 mi.(800) 641-1131
Comfort Inn911 N Main StGunnison, CO16.3 mi.(970) 642-1000
Econo Lodge37760 Hwy 50 WGunnison, CO16.3 mi.(970) 641-1000
Holiday Inn Express400 E Tomichi AveGunnison, CO16.3 mi.(970) 641-1288
Water Wheel Inn37478 Hwy 50Gunnison, CO16.3 mi.(970) 641-1650
Gunnison Super 8 Motel411 E Tomichi AveGunnison, CO16.4 mi.(970) 641-1288
Mary Lawrence Inn601 N TaylorGunnison, CO16.4 mi.(970) 641-3343
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites910 E Tomichi AveGunnison, CO16.8 mi.(970) 641-1288

Blue Mesa Reservoir Weather & Climate

Central Colorado  has a very complex climate. Even places a few miles apart can experience entirely different weather patterns. The valleys are classified as a semi-arid, continental climate, which becomes a mountain or alpine climate at higher elevations. Humid microclimates may also exist in some places. Abundant sunshine and low humidity is typical in all areas. Summers are mild to warm, and thunderstorms can cause a sudden drop in temperature. Winters are cold and snowy, especially in the higher elevations of the Rocky Mountains. Solar radiation penetrates the thin atmosphere high in the mountains, which results in very pleasant temperatures during the winter. This is why skiers are often pictured in very light clothing, even though they're surrounded by snow.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 27°F 0°F 0.91 in. -
February 31°F 3°F 0.67 in. -
March 42°F 16°F 0.53 in. -
April 54°F 25°F 0.51 in. -
May 65°F 32°F 0.55 in. -
June 76°F 40°F 0.59 in. -
July 82°F 47°F 1.16 in. -
August 80°F 46°F 1.31 in. -
September 72°F 38°F 0.83 in. -
October 61°F 28°F 0.77 in. -
November 43°F 17°F 0.64 in. -
December 30°F 4°F 0.79 in. -

Blue Mesa Reservoir Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Gunnison Crested Butte Regional airport (GUC) located about 15 miles east of Blue Mesa Reservoir in Gunnison, Colorado, the Montrose Regional airport (MTJ) located approximately 37 miles west of Blue Mesa Reservoir in Montrose, Colorado, Aspen Pitkin County Sardy Field (ASE) located roughly 55 miles northeast of Blue Mesa Reservoir in Aspen, Colorado, the Central Colorado Regional airport (7V1) located around 63 miles east of Blue Mesa Reservoir in Buena Vista, Colorado, and finally Harriet Alexander Field (0V2) located about 63 miles east of Blue Mesa Reservoir in Salida, Colorado.

Blue Mesa Reservoir Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Fun JunctionGrand JunctionCO82.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Dos Rios Country ClubGunnisonCO16.4 mi.
Club At Crested ButteCrested ButteCO29.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO29.9 mi.
TellurideTellurideCO49.3 mi.
AspenAspenCO54.0 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO54.0 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO54.0 mi.
TiehackAspenCO54.0 mi.
Powderhorn ResortMesaCO69.2 mi.
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO73.0 mi.
Sunlight Mountain ResortGlenwood SpringsCO74.7 mi.
PurgatoryDurangoCO90.4 mi.
Beaver CreekVailCO92.3 mi.
VailVailCO92.3 mi.
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridgeCO94.0 mi.
LovelandGeorgetownCO117.7 mi.
State Parks
Chipeta State ParkCO35.3 mi. 

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