Lake Nighthorse

Lake Nighthorse

Lake Nighthorse has become a summer staple in Durango. Minutes from downtown Durango, this spot is perfect for afternoon dips or all day boating adventures.


The History

A part of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Animas La Plata (ALP) Project, dam construction began in 2003. With the initial fill with water from the Animas River completed in 2011, this lake consumes 1,500 acres at its maximum elevation. The entire reservoir site encompasses 5,500 acres including a tribute garden overlook. Access is off of County Road 210 and just minutes away from town offering an easy summer adventure. Lake Nighthorse opened to the public in 2018. Seasonal users have grown every year since, most recently exceeding over 100,000 visitors in 2021. 


Things To Do at Lake Nighthorse

With wake-less hours, a boat ramp, fishing outfitters, Wibit Aqua Park, swim beach, trails, and boat rentals, there are many ways to enjoy Lake Nighthorse. The swim beach offers a sandy area with access to an enclosed swim area including the Wibit Aqua Park. In this area, there is a lifeguard on duty and buoys that keep boats away for added safety. There is a nearby non-motor boat ramp ideal for canoes and paddle boards with 4 Corners Riversports rental station as well. Since 2011, the Colorado Parks & Wildlife has stocked the lake with Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Kokanee Salmon. There are fly fishing trips, boat charters, and many options to fish from land or by boat. 

Lake Nighthorse in Durango, CO

Lake Nighthorse in Durango is a great recreational place to enjoy during the summer. Don’t miss out on the clear blue water and many fun activities available here. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us regarding things to do in the summer here. 

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