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Navajo State Park, Arboles

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Navajo State Park is a state park of Colorado, USA, on the north shore of Navajo Lake. Touted as Colorado's answer to Lake Powell, this reservoir on the San Juan River begins in Colorado's San Juan Mountains and extends 20mi into New Mexico. Its area is, and it has 150mi of shoreline in two states. Park activities include boating, houseboating, fishing, camping, and wildlife viewing. There is a New Mexico state park at the southern end of the lake.HistoryThe area where Navajo State Park now sits was originally inhabited by the Ancient Pueblo Peoples who abandoned the area around 1050 A.D. because of a serious drought at that time. The Ute and Navajo tribes settled the area during the 14th century.The 10 explorers of the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition were some of the first white men entering the area. Their mission was to create a route from New Mexico to California for the Spaniards. In the early 1880s, the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad laid their tracks in the area. The railroad served the area until 1967 and was an important part of the economy.The Navajo Dam was constructed in 1962 to provide irrigation water for the Navajo Indian Reservation.
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  • We had a great experience at Navajo State Park, located between Pagosa Springs and Durango, Colorado, and on the New Mexico border. This park is very well kept and the staff is super nice and helpful....  more »
  • We are new to the area and took a day trip to explore the Navajo Lake area. We stopped at wineries, trout fishing outfitters, restaurants, and several gift shops along the way. Every place we stop the...  more »
  • Just spent 6 days at Rosa Campground in site 138. Overlooked the lake. Campground was in great shape and staff from campground hosts, park staff and marina staff were great. Rosa campground has full h...  more »
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  • They had a problem with their water supply, so no water, but we have plenty. Shore supply and beautiful sites. On lake
  • Always have a great time with the family. Whether it's fishing, boating, camping, swimming, or just hanging out!!
  • Navajo State Park is a wonderful location too take the who family for a wilderness / outdoor vacation! This is the lake were I learned too water ski. The area is one of the most beautiful locations in the west the visit. Well worth the time and travel and best of all there's less people here than other locations.Check it out !!
  • Other than lack of shade, nice park. Just know you are in the desert (even though there is a lake) . One major "no"... camping by cows... that early morning "mooing" got old fast. If you have never camped Colorado State parks, cleanest restrooms (next to Arkansas). The showers cost, but are worth it. These ran a bit hot.
  • This is the spot for spending time boating, jumping cliffs, camping and enjoying nature with family and friends! So much space to explore and be in touch with nature.
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