Navajo Reservoir - New Mexico

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Navajo Reservoir - New Mexico

New Mexico

(505) 632-2278

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Navajo Dam, at an elevation of 6,085 feet, was completed in 1963 and is the principal storage feature for the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project. The reservoir is one of the four initial units of the Colorado River Storage Project and is located in northwest New Mexico and southwest Colorado, about 34 miles east of Farmington, NM. The reservoir has a maximum surface area of 15, 610 acres and extends 35 miles up the San Juan River, 13 miles up the Pine River, and four miles up the Piedra River. The reservoir provides important recreation and fish and wildlife benefits but its primary purpose is to provide irrigation water and flood control. Recreation at Navajo Reservoir is managed by the New Mexico State Parks. This large reservoir is surrounded by beautiful scenery and rugged landscape. To accommodate the maximum water surface area of almost 23 square miles, five public boat ramps and three marinas are located at the reservoir. Available fish species include northern pike, catfish, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, and Kokanee salmon. The initial 3 1/2 miles below Navajo Dam, of the San Juan River, are considered a nationally renowned, trophy rainbow trout, tailwater fishery with designated "quality waters" and special angler regulations in effect. Endless outdoor activities await the adventure seeker.

Map of Navajo Reservoir - New Mexico

Latitude, Longitude: 36.809504, -107.605384



  • Boating

    There are multiple access point for boat launching for all types of motorized boating. There is also a full-service marina located at Navajo lake. Guides are available for fishing trips.

  • Bicycling

    Numerous roads and trails are open for biking in the area.

  • Camping

    Navajo State Park offers 248 developed campsites as well as 98 sites with electrical hook-ups. Many facilities are available at the campgrounds. The park has many accessible areas and facilities.

  • Fishing

    Popular sporting fish species include northern pike, catfish, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, and kokanee salmon. The San Juan River is world reknown for its excellent trout fishing.

  • Hiking

    Numerous hiking trails are available in the area for hikers of all abilities.

  • Horseback Riding

    Opportunities are available.

  • Hunting

    There are multiple areas to hunt around the reservoir.

  • Picnicking

    Numerous picnic areas are around the park and reservoir for small and large groups.

  • RVing

    Multiple sites have full hook-ups for RV's.

  • Water Sports

    Many fun and exciting water sports and activities take part on the reservoir and attached lakes and rivers including water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, boating, and scuba diving to name a few.


Open year-round.



Take U.S. Highway 160 east from Durango to the intersection of State Highway 172, about 5 miles. Turn right and take State Higway 172 south through Ignacio to the stateline, about 30 miles. Continue south on State Highway 511 to the Navajo Lake State Park entrance near Navajo Dam, New Mexico, about 20 miles.

Phone Numbers


(505) 632-2278