Durango, Colorado
Camping in State Parks

Camping State Parks Near Durango CO

Navajo State Park

Beautiful Navajo State Park can be enjoyed throughout the year. Indeed, sporting exceptional services and a body of water that rivals Lake Powell, this park has a lot to offer! 118 campsites are divided between 4 designated camping areas: Carracas Campground, Rosa Campground, Tiffany Campground and Primitive Campsites. Most accommodate RV travelers.

Three 2-bedroom log homes are also available for rent. Neatly equipped with showers, refrigerators, dishwashers and microwaves, these "cabins" definitely take the camp out of camping.

Much of life in this park revolves around the Navajo Reservoir. A shuttle runs between the parking lots and Two Rivers Marina, so visitors can access the water with less hassle. The reservoir's 15,000 acres of water surface is a haven for boaters of all types. Houseboats cruise the lake between Colorado and New Mexico. Sailboats catch the cool breezes. Powerboats pursue the thrill of water-sports.

Anglers fish for crappie, large- or small-mouth bass, trout, northern pike, catfish or bluegill. And off the water, mountain bikers romp special trails designated just for them. Of course, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, and in winter cross-country skiing give endless opportunities for adventure.

Visitors may also enjoy scheduled programs and activities. Listen to a musical performance. Take a star-gazing workshop. Hike with a geologist. Whether your interests are environmental or cultural, scientific or nature-minded, you are sure to find Navajo State Park a fantastic destination.

Mancos State Park

Mancos State Park in Southwestern Colorado has year-round camping and fun for the outdoor enthusiast. Its 32 campsites are split into two campgrounds—Main and West (West is closed in the winter). Sites 22 and 24 have rentable yurts, round tents reminiscent of those used by nomads in Mongolia and Siberia. Each yurt sleeps up to 6 people.

Drinking water and a dump station are available, but NO electrical, water or sewer hookups. Instead, stands of heavenly Ponderosa pines and the tranquil waters of the Jackson Gulch Reservoir make Mancos SP more of a nature-lover's retreat. Consider canoeing, kayaking or sailing. Perhaps a quiet day of fishing for yellow perch and rainbow trout is just the thing to put your mind at ease.

Or take a hike. Mancos connects to The Colorado Trail which meanders an incredible 500 miles from Durango to Denver.

Camping reservations for either Navajo State Park or Mancos Campground can be made by calling 800-678-2267.

Other Camping Options

Want more choices? There is an extensive list of campgrounds in
San Juan National Forest, as well as sites in Mesa Verde National Park and Private Campgrounds (Lightner Creek, KOA and United) in Durango There are also RV Parks in the vicinity.