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Passes and Permits A Colorado State Parks Pass is required on all motor vehicles entering the park. All passes are to be displayed on the lower right inside of the windshield. An annual Pass is valid at any Colorado State Park for a year from the date of purchase. The Aspen Leaf annual pass is available to Colorado Seniors at a discounted rate. Daily passes are available at the park entrance stations, self-service dispensers and all State Park offices. Navajo State Park C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E Developed Area Navajo State Park ENJOY YOUR STATE PARKS ANS Inspection Station Colorado Disabled Veterans displaying the Colorado Disabled Veteran (DV) license plates are admitted free without a pass, however, a camping fee is charged. All campers are required to purchase a valid camping permit. Emergencies In an emergency, contact a ranger or call the Archuleta Sheriff at 970-731-2160. ANS Decon Station Reservations Marina Dry Storage Call 800-678-2267 or view to reserve campsites. In Denver, call 303-470-1144. N Navajo State Park PO Box 1697 • 1526 County Road 982 Arboles, CO 81121 (970) 883-2208 • E-mail: Funded in part by Great Outdoors Colorado through Colorado Lottery proceeds. CPW_RMNJ_3/17 AVAJO STATE PARK is a park that offers recreation, history, wildlife and the beauty of southwest Colorado. It is situated just outside of the town of Arboles, 35 miles southwest of Pagosa Springs, and 45 miles southeast of Durango, Colorado. The park’s finest attraction is the 35-mile long Navajo Reservoir that begins in Colorado and ends in the State of New Mexico. The reservoir’s 15,000 surface acres, including 3000 surface acres on the Colorado side, offer a challenge to the angler and unlimited pleasure to the boater. This is the lake that some of your friends forgot to tell you about. They want it all to themselves.Within the boundaries of the park lies an abandoned narrow gauge railway that once was the area’s transportation lifeline. The Denver and Rio Grande railroad served the towns of Rosa and the old town of Arboles, both of which now rest under the reservoir’s surface. The Cumbres and Toltec and the Durango and Silverton Railroads are today the remaining working portions of this railway. The park’s history also includes the Ancestral Puebloans who inhabited the area as well as the nearby areas of Chimney Rock and Mesa Verde. The area is host to an abundance of wildlife including deer, elk, fox, beaver, muskrat, river otter, jackrabbit, prairie dog and many species of birds. During the winter months, bald eagles soar above the lake. Visitor Services Location Map The Navajo State Park Visitor Center exhibits a three-dimensional topographical map of the lake, Ancestral Puebloan artifacts, historical displays of the Denver and Rio Grande Narrow Gauge Railroad and nature displays. The Visitor Center store offers books on a variety of subjects, delightful puppets of many animals found in the park, gift items and Navajo State Park apparel. I-70 6 S. 1 0 U. Pagosa Springs 151 172 e 1 mil Pi e d D N r a River Pie eer arro dr Ru w G bo aF n To au les U.S lat ge .1 Sa Po s 60 J un n J in cti ua t nO on Sa nJ ve rlo ua n ok S-C Fla t s ur ve s © JOHN THORNE We are located two miles south of Arboles and Colorado Highway 151 on County Road 982. The nearby town of Arboles offers a gas station, convenience store, cafe, and a post office. Medical facilities are located in Pagosa Springs and Durango and the nearest hospital is in Pagosa Springs. The park is also served by an outstanding ambulance service from the neighboring town of Ignacio. Piedra River Alamosa Arboles NAVAJO STATE PARK Community Facilities WATCHABLE WILDLIFE VIEWING AREA U.S. 285 U.S. 550 Durango Salida U.S. 50 Montrose Park Rangers routinely patrol the park to provide information and assistance to visitors, and to enforce the rules and regulations within the park boundaries. Map of Park and Surrounding Area Fairplay Grand Junction .7 Sambrito Wetlands .8 .8 .6 2.2 m iles Windsurf Beach tto Arboles Co Allison To Ignacio Ar .9 nw oo d e 1 mil West Piedra To Pagosa Junction San Juan River COLORADO New Mexico Archuleta County Navajo Dam and Lake Navajo Dam, located on the San Juan River in northern New Mexico, is almost three-quarters of a mile long and 400 feet high. This earth and rock-filled embankment contains three “zones” of selected cobbles, gravel, sand and clay. The spillway, 138 feet wide in the main section, has a capacity of 34,000 cubic feet per second (254,320 gallons per second). Under normal conditions, water is released into the San Juan River downstream through the outlet works. Water from the river is used for irrigation, municipal and industrial purposes, by oil and gas fields and by thermal power plants along the San Juan River below the dam. Water is also released from Navajo Lake through a tunnel into an aquaduct for use on the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project. Navajo Lake is the principal storage reservoir for the extensive Navajo Indian Irrigation Project. This project is designed to irrigate about 110,000 acres of land on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Just upstream from the dam, to the south, is an intake structure for a tunnel that carries water to these lands. In 1981, about 140,000 acre-feet of water were taken from Navajo Lake. This amount increases as more blocks of land are made ready for irrigation. Construction of the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project was started in 1963, and the first project water was delivered in 1976. This all Indian project was designed and is being constructed by the Bureau of Reclamation for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Region, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, is responsible for construction management. As the blocks are completed, they are turned over to the Navajo Tribe for operation and maintenance. Construction of Navajo Dam began in July of 1958. The 26 million cubic yards of earth and rock needed for the dam were taken from 16 borrow areas beside the San Juan River and along benches overlooking the valley. All private land was purchased and about 50 families moved to other locations. In the reservoir area, the small village of Rosa, New Mexico, was inundated. Navajo Dam was dedicated on Sept. 15, 1962.  onference Room C and Picnic Areas The park offers a spacious conference room with a beautiful view of the lake for seminars, meetings or conferences, with an adjoining picnic pavilion for lunches or outdoor meetings. An additional group picnic area is located in the Carracas Campground. Reservations for either the conference room or the picnic facilities may be made at the Visitor Center. Fishing Whether from a boat or from the shoreline, fishing is great at Navajo State Park. Northern pike, bluegill, catfish, crappie and small mouth bass lie in the shallow waters near the surface. Kokanee salmon and many varieties of trout are found in deep water. If you plan to fish across the New Mexico state line, be sure to pick up your New Mexico fishing license at the Visitor Center. Rainbow Trout Small Mouth Bass Hiking Regulations • • • • • • • • • Fires are permitted only in permanent grills provided by the park or in fully-contained stove/grills. Never leave a fire unattended. Do not collect any natural materials for fires. Firewood is available from the campground hosts. Please do not dump ashes on the ground. Take them to a designated fire-ring or take them home. Keep motorized vehicles on designated roads. Observe quiet hours from 10pm to 6am. Pets must be on a leash no more than six-feet in length and under control. Please clean up after your pets. Check-out time is noon. Check-in time for cabins is 4 pm. No more than 3.2% alcohol is permitted. Riding in towed trailers is prohibited. Site occupancy is limited to one camping unit (two tents or one motor home and one tent), six persons and a maximum of 14 days. Tents in designated sites are allowed only on gravel pads, or in gravel driveways. There are currently five trails within Navajo State Park and most are appropriate for hiking or biking. All trails are open for your year-round enjoyment. A trails brochure is available at the Visitor Center. Blugill Wildlife A large variety of wildlife, including deer, elk, fox, beavers, muskrats, prairie dogs, river otters, jackrabbits, raccoons and many species of birds, may be viewed throughout the year at Navajo State Park. The Sambrito Wetlands area of the park is an especially beautiful place to view wildlife as it contains ponds, marshes and a wonderful view of the lake. This area is located two miles south of State Highway 151 on Archuleta County Road 988. W  inter Recreational Activities Navajo State Park offers a variety of recreational activities throughout every season of the year. The Navajo Reservoir usually does not freeze in the winter, however, in accordance with Aquatic Nuisance Species procedures, the boat ramp is closed December 1st until March 1st. This is an outstanding time to view bald eagles and mule deer in the park. Another outstanding location to observe wildlife is the Navajo State Park Watchable Wildlife Viewing area located next to the narrow gauge railroad bridge which spans the Piedra River near State Highway 151. A variety of environmental educational programs are offered at both of the above sites during the summer months. Boating and Water Sports Marina Navajo Reservoir has 15,000 surface acres of water and 150 miles of shoreline for your boating pleasure. Personal watercraft, sailboats, skiboats, high-performance bass boats and 80-foot houseboats all ply the waters of Navajo Reservoir. The lake is big enough to find a quiet spot – even on holiday weekends. The Two Rivers Marina is located just south of where the Piedra and the San Juan Rivers meet. The full-service marina offers the following features: The boating laws in New Mexico are similar to Colorado laws but since two-thirds of the reservoir is located in New Mexico, it is a good idea to look up New Mexico regulations online before entering New Mexico waters. • • • • • • • Two Rivers Marina Fuel, ice, fishing tackle, boating supplies, cold drinks and a clean restroom Slips – daily, monthly and yearly rentals with power and water to most Mooring – 75 mooring balls with shuttle service to most Dry Storage – over two acres of fenced and locked area for storage of your boat or RV Pump-out Station – available for houseboats and day cruisers Rental Boats – ski and pontoon boats Stand-up paddle boards Battery boost or charge Emergency fuel or battery boost on water Launch and retrieval from dry storage Call the Marina at 970-883-BOAT (2628) for information, prices and reservations. ©TAIMUR MAHMOOD • • • ©TAIMUR MAHMOOD Services include: Rosa Campground Camping Facilities ©TAIMUR MAHMOOD A wide variety of campsites are available at Navajo State Park. These sites vary from primitive to full-service campgrounds. Camping is available only in designated areas. Cabins Beautiful full-service cabins are also available. The cabins are fully furnished and provide everything you should need except food, sleeping bags, bath towels and other linens. Cooking facilities are available in the modern kitchens or outside using the campfire/barbeque rings and picnic tables. Primitive Campsites Primitive campsites are located at Windsurf Beach and Arboles Point. Windsurf Beach has 15 small designated RV/tent campsites with picnic tables, metal grills/fire rings and tent pads. Two of these sites are fully accessible. There are also 10 small, designated RV campsites with picnic tables and upright metal grills only. Vault toilets are all accessible. Arboles Point has 4 designated RV/ tent campsites with picnic tables, metal grills/fire rings. Vault toilets are also accessible in this area. Rosa campground is the park’s full-service campground and includes 39 RV sites (101120 and 129-147). This area is located near the Visitor Center and offers individual water, sewer and electric hook-ups at each site. Four of the sites are fully accessible. Rosa Campground also has 8 walk-in tent sites (121-128) with 2 of them being fully accessible. A nearby accessible camper services building contains clean restrooms, coin-operated showers and self-service laundry facilities and is open April 15-October 31. Rosa Campground LEGEND Carracas Campground Carracas Campground is located closer to the marina and contains 41 campsites with individual electrical hook-ups (51-91). Four of these sites are fully accessible. Carracas Campground Tiffany Campground Water is available at central locations and an accessible camper services building offers clean restrooms and coin-operated showers. This campground is closed October 15 - April 15. Tiffany Campground is the original campground and is located near the amphitheatre. This area offers 25 non-electric RV sites (1-19, 26, 27, 29, 32, 33, 34), six tent sites (20-25) and three full-service, 2-bedroom cabins. (28, 30, 31). Two of the RV sites and one of the tent sites are fully accessible. Water is available at central locations and an accessible camper services building contains clean restrooms and coinoperated showers. The camper services building is winterized off-season and is closed between October 15 and April 15. Tiffany Campground 1 103 LEGEND LEGEND T8

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