Neversink Trail

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Round Trip Distance: 1.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 7467 - 7502 feet
Cellphone: 3-5 bars
Usage: Hiking - Dogs
Time: 45 mins.
Facilities: Vault toilet
Trailhead: Neversink
Fee: none
Attractions: River trail, picnic area, bird watching, fishing
 


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The Neversink trail is located in the Curecanti National Recreation Area near Gunnison, Colorado. The trail follows along the banks of the Gunnison River where there is a thick growth of cottonwoods, willows and tall grasses. The trail provides fishing access to the Gunnison River, wildlife viewing opportunities and is well suited for families with small children.


The Neversink trailhead is located about 5 miles west of Gunnison, Colorado. The brochure on the Park Services website lists the trail as wheelchair accessible but at the present time that would be a real stretch of the imagination. First off there is no smooth transition from the parking area to the trail. A wheelchair would have to be lifted onto the trail. One of the bridges has steps instead of a ramp and part of the trail is too narrow. It appears that at one time there may have been plans to improve the trail that haven't as yet materialized.


The trail begins as an easy stroll along the river.


There are several bridges on the trail. This is one that was mentioned that has steps that would make it unsuitable for wheelchairs.


Portions of the trail are secluded within the tall cottonwoods and willows.


Eventually the trail comes to an inglorious end and disappears in a tangle of brush.


It is mentioned that there is a blue heron rookery nearby. Bird watching on this day include orioles, yellow finch, Canadian geese, robins, blue herons and several other species.


The Neversink trailhead is also a picnic area which includes fire grates.


The Neversink trail sits at the easternmost end of the Curecanti National Recreation Area. The easy trail, restroom and picnic area present the place as a good family destination to relax and let the kids play. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is 'Take a hike'.