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.

June 1 - June 30 daily operations will be from 8am-6pm. Mandatory watercraft inspections and decontamination operations will now include ballasted boats with no green seals. Please refer to the Boating Rules tab below for full information regarding boating at Lake Nighthorse. 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. Calendar of Events
  5. Fishing Facts
  6. Boating Rules
  7. Historic Documents

Lake Nighthorse Recreation Schedule - When the Facility Reopens

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 
  • 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)