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Spring sailing at Navajo

​​Navajo State Park is Colorado's Answer to Lake Powell. Navajo Reservoir Extends for 20 miles South into New Mexico.

Boaters and campers enjoy the park year-round. Sailors, houseboaters and other power boaters cruise some of the 15,000 surface-acres of the giant reservoir. Daily and seasonal slip and mooring ball rentals, boat rentals and gasoline for boats are available at the park’s Two Rivers Marina.

Navajo’s campgrounds have 138 campsites; most sites are open year-round. Fishing​ enthusiasts catch crappie, large-mouth and small-mouth bass, northern pike, trout, bluegill and catfish in the reservoir.​

Public Encouraged to help Celebrate 50 Years​

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of southwest Colorado's Navajo State Park, and the public is invited to visit the park on Aug. 23 for activities and programs to commemorate the opening. All items in the visitors' center bookstore will be discounted 15 percent and a special ceremony will be held at noon.      

Anyone who participated in the construction or planning of the Navajo dam project or the park is asked to send an e-mail to Janet Clawson, park naturalist, who is collecting historical information. She also would like to hear from people who lived in the area at the time and remember development of the project, and from long-time visitors to the park. Clawson is also trying to find old pictures of the area. Contact her at; or call the park at 970-883-2208. 

Entry to the park costs $7 per vehicle; an annual pass costs $70. 

To reserve a camp spot or a cabin​, call 1-800-678-2267, or go to the Colorado Parks and Reservation website​.

​Park History and​ Information

The park facilities opened in 1964, two years after completion of Navajo dam in New Mexico by the federal Bureau of Reclamation. The dam, built on the San Juan River, backed the water up 35 miles into Colorado. The reservoir's surface totals 15,600 acres, with about 3,000 acres on the Colorado side.    

The dam was constructed as part of the Colorado River Storage Project, which also includes: the Aspinall Unit on the Gunnison River which formed Blue Mesa Reservoir; Flaming Gorge dam in Wyoming on the Green River; and Glen Canyon dam on the Colorado River. The system supplies water for agriculture, industrial, municipal and recreational uses.      

Navajo Reservoir provides the principal storage for the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project which sends water to 110,000 acres of agricultural land on the Navajo Reservation.      

Navajo State Park is a major recreational facility in southwest Colorado, drawing more than 300,000 visitors every year. The 2,100-acre park offers boating, fishing, trails, wildlife viewing, 138 camp sites, and three cabins.    ​