Both Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area increased in visitation during the centennial year of the National Park Service.
Black Canyon received 238,018 visitors and Curecanti counted 982,498 visits. This represents an increase over 2015 of 14 percent at Black Canyon and 4 percent at Curecanti. Though neither of these are record numbers, they are the highest visitation since 1993 for Black Canyon and 2008 for Curecanti.
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.