Official - Lake Nighthorse Recreation Area

Located at 1795 C.R. 210, Durango, Colorado - (970) 375-7335 

Lake Nighthorse Recreation Area is now open for daily operations with modified hours and recreation operations due to COVID-19. To ensure the safety of lake staff and the public, it’s requested visitors maintain social distancing of six feet apart, wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible, and bring a personal supply of hand sanitizer. Visitors also should not gather in groups of ten or more.

Season passes and 5-punch passes are available for purchase online and day passes may be purchased by credit card or exact cash at the entrance station.

October 1 - October 31: Open Daily 9am - 4pm

November 1 - November 14: Open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays ONLY 9am - 4pm

November 15: Closed for Winter Season


Swim beach details can be found in the Swim Beach tab below.

Please refer to the Boating Rules tab below for full information regarding boating at Lake Nighthorse, including mandatory watercraft inspections and decontamination operations. Lake Nighthorse restrictions do not allow jet skis, above-water exhaust, or boats with plumbed toilets and sinks at any time.

Hours of operation are subject to change and will be updated monthly on this website and at Lake Nighthorse. You may also call the Lake Nighthorse entrance station at (970) 375-7335.

  1. Hours of Operation
  2. Entrance Passes
  3. Activities/ Programs
  4. Swim Beach
  5. Fishing Facts
  6. Boating Rules
  7. Historic Documents

Lake Nighthorse Recreation Schedule

30 minutes prior to daily closure, the entrance gate will be closed to access, and boat exit inspections as well as watercraft launches will cease.  Hours of operation may vary depending on inclement weather. 

Mondays and Wednesdays are NO WAKE days (Except Holidays)

The 2020 hours of operation:

  • Friday May 22nd - Sunday May 31st: Open Daily from 9am – 4pm
  • June 1st - June 30th: Open Daily from 8am - 6pm
  • July 1st - September 13: Open Daily from 7am - 7pm  
  • September 14 - September 30: Open Daily from 8am - 6pm
  • October 1 - October 31: Open Daily from 9am - 4pm
  • November 1 - November 14: Open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays ONLY from 9am-4pm
  • November 15: Closed for Winter Season
  • Hours of operation are subject to change and will be updated monthly on this website and at Lake Nighthorse. You may also call the Lake Nighthorse entrance station at (970) 375-7335.

Lake Nighthorse Operations

To ensure quality recreational experiences at Lake Nighthorse Recreation Area, here is a list of City of Durango and Bureau of Reclamation rules and regulations: Lake Nighthorse Recreational Operations (PDF)

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