Navajo Lake State Park is the pawfect destination for some fun in the sun. As home to New Mexico’s second largest lake, this park provides endless hours of outdoor recreation. Bring your pup along for a day filled with blue skies, pawsome exploring, and beautiful desert scenery.
As one of the state’s premier fishing locales, Navajo Lake State Park hosts thousands of visitors each year. Anglers come to try their luck on the shore, by boat, from the marinas, and in the nearby San Juan River. Kokanee salmon, pike, bass, and catfish all loom beneath the lake’s surface. If you have a patient pooch, they can wait by your side as you cast a line.
If your pal needs more action, check out the San Juan River Trails located in the western part of the park. This small network of trails has over four miles of furrific hiking. Trails run parallel to the gorgeous river, so your doggo will get waterfront views as they trot along. Another option is the Simon Canyon Trail. It leaves the park and delves into Bureau of Land Management property as it heads north into a neighboring canyon. Benches and picnic tables are strategically located along the trail so visitors can paws for a break and gaze out at the river.
If your pooch
wants to make a weekend out of it, reserve a spot at one of the park’s seven
campgrounds. Plenty of tent and RV sites area available, as are showers,
restrooms, and group sites. Sims Marina and Pine Marina have boat rentals,
fuel, and supplies. Basically, this place everything you and your furry friend
need for a puptacular adventure! While visiting the park, make sure you always
have a couple clean up bags on hand and that you pick up whatever your dog puts
down. No bones about it, this park will make your pup’s tail wag!