Navajo Lake

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As we continue to enjoy summer, we love featuring various aspects of the lifestyle in Durango and the surrounding areas. One of the local favorites is Navajo Lake. Part of the lake is in Colorado (Arboles), and the other part is located in New Mexico. The dam is built on the San Juan River, and Navajo has been in operation since 1964. The Piedra and Los Pinos Rivers also connect to the lake.

Boating, fishing, camping, kayaking, houseboating, stand up paddle boarding, and even mountain biking are all popular activities at the lake during the summer. If you don’t own a boat, rentals are an option, or just enjoy swimming and playing in the water while camping. With beautiful sunny days, it’s a blast to spend a day or even weekend at Navajo.

The lake is 35 miles long with 15,000 surface acres of water and 150 miles of shoreline! It is just about an hour’s drive from Durango to Navajo, which makes this an easy day trip. In addition to the variety of sports and activities, Navajo features abundant wildlife. Mule deer, rabbits, foxes, birds and more are common sights. The lake is a beautiful place to visit with so much to do and see. We love that it’s in our own backyard for recreation for the whole family.