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Navajo State Park is an extensive outdoor recreation area straddling the Colorado-New Mexico border. The park is most known for the Navajo Reservoir, a 15,000-acre lake that provides a multitude of water-based activities—from boating to fishing to swimming.


Navajo State Park is located in southern Colorado, but it extends into New Mexico as well. The park's primary location is:

  • Colorado Area: Arboles, CO 81121


Water Recreation:

  • Boating, including sailboats, motorboats, and canoes
  • Fishing for species such as trout, bass, and northern pike
  • Swimming, although there aren’t designated swim beaches
  • Water-skiing and other towable water sports

Land Activities:

  • Hiking and nature trails for all skill levels
  • Bird watching, with a variety of species in the area
  • Photography, taking advantage of the stunning landscapes
  • Picnicking with numerous sites around the park
  • Wildlife observation opportunities

Camping Information


  • Developed campgrounds with amenities such as electric hookups, restrooms, and shower facilities
  • Primitive campsites for more secluded experiences
  • Group camping sites are also available for larger parties

Reservations and Fees:

  • Reservations for camping can be made online or by phone
  • Fees vary depending on the campsite, type of camping, and any additional amenities required

Camping Rules:

  • Campfires may be limited or prohibited depending on fire restrictions, usually informed by seasonal wildfire risks
  • Noise ordinances typically in place during late evening and early morning hours
  • Wildlife should not be fed and food should be stored securely to avoid attracting bears and other animals
  • Pets are often allowed in the park but should be kept on leashes

Seasonal Information

Navajo State Park is open year-round, however:

  • Peak Season: The summer months are the peak season due to ideal weather for water recreation.
  • Off-Season: Winters are quiet and may have limited services, but it can offer unique experiences for off-season campers such as fishing on ice or winter hiking.

Safety Tips

  • Always wear life jackets when on the water.
  • Be prepared for rapid weather changes, common in the region.
  • If hiking, carry plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat.
  • Ensure to follow all boating regulations if out on the water.
  • Be mindful of altitude sickness if traveling from lower elevations.

Contact Information

For detailed and updated information, you should contact the park directly:

  • Phone: Colorado Parks and Wildlife office for Navajo State Park
  • Website: The official Colorado Parks and Wildlife page for Navajo State Park provides the most accurate and updated information.


Navajo State Park is an outdoor enthusiast's haven, particularly for those drawn to water-based activities. Whether you wish to camp, fish, hike, or just relax by the water, ensure you follow all park guidelines and reservations procedures to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

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