Official - Lake Nighthorse Recreation Area

IMG_40331795 C.R. 210, Durango, Colorado - (970) 375-7335 - Lake Nighthorse Live Cam

Lake Nighthorse is open daily for the season 

Lake Nighthorse is now open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., including motorized recreation.  

Purchasing season passes or 5-punch passes can be done online in advance. Then, simply pick up your season pass decal on your first visit to the lake. 5-punch passes are digital so no decal pick up is necessary. If you would like to purchase your 2022 season pass in person, please visit the Durango Community Recreation Center located at 2700 Main Avenue Durango, CO 81301. 

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Lake Nighthorse Hours of Operation

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.  

During daily operations, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday open to 10 a.m. are quiet & wakeless hours, including holidays.

2022 Hours of operation may vary due to COVID-19. 

  • April 1 – May 8:  Friday, Saturday and Sunday Only; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Non-Motorized Recreation ONLY
  • May 13 – 31: Open Daily; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Motorized Recreation Begins May 15
  • June 1 – August 31:  7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Daily; Guarded Swim Beach Opens June 1  
  • September 1 - September 30: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Daily; Guarded Swim Beach Ends September 5 
  • October 1 – 16:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily 
  • October 21 – November 13:  Friday, Saturday and Sunday Only; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • November 14:  Winter Wildlife Closure

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)

Lake Nighthorse Entrance Passes

2022 Park Entrance Pass Options

  • Day Pass Vehicle Entrance  $10
  • Day Pass Walk/Bike Entrance  $4
  • Day Pass Commercial Vehicle $25 
  • Season Pass Vehicle:
    • 1st for Household  $80
    • Multiple Vehicle (Same Household)  $40
  • Season Pass Vehicle Senior *:
    • 1st for Household  $70
    • Multiple Vehicle Senior (Same Household)  $35
  • Season Pass Walk/Bike  $25
  • 5-Punch Pass Vehicle  $40
  • 5-Punch Pass Vehicle Senior *  $30
  • 5-Punch Pass Walk/Bike  $15

 Senior is 62 years and over

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