Never Sink Trail | Curecanti

Never Sink Trail is a short hike at the far east end of Curecanti National Recreation Area. This hike is flat and shady and provides a lot of opportunity to see wildlife. The hike goes out and back with no clear endpoint, so the distance is variable up to about 2 miles.

The Never Sink area has its own sign and a sizable parking area. In fact, we had a nice little picnic on the shady tables before we started our hike. There are garbage cans and restrooms at the trailhead as well.

The trailhead is well marked.
The trail is beautiful the entire way.

Never Sink Trail runs right along the river through ancient trees. The birds are thick in this riparian area, and you can hear the songs of several species that flit high in the canopy. We spotted a cedar waxwing right up close that was beautiful. There were also yellow warblers darting across the river.

The river follows along next to the trail.
There are different spots where you can walk closer to the river and throw some rocks.
We appreciated the shady trees.
Cedar Waxwing

After about a third of a mile, the Never Sink trail crosses a bridge and cozies up to a river that was flowing very high when we visited during a wet August. The water was deep, but it was easy to stay back from the edge and still see the birds. There are a few little bridges along the way, and lots of shade.

This is the largest bridge on the trail.
We were really hoping to spot a beaver. Maybe if we hiked in the evening.
We found a few benches at one spot.
Our boys loved all the bridges.
Another great spot to throw rocks.

We really enjoyed the Never Sink Trail in Curecanti National Recreation Area. It’s flat and easy, and we found it to be quite peaceful. If you are passing through and would love to stretch your legs, Never Sink is the perfect place. Another trail that we loved in Curecanti, was the Mesa Creek Trail, but it’s on the opposite side of the National Recreation Area.

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