A Visit to Navajo Lake, New Mexico

With spring in full swing, now is a great time to start thinking about vacationing with your Crownline. Obviously, this summer is different from others, but boating is still available in almost every state and is a great way to get out and enjoy the world. Today, we’re visiting Navajo Lake in New Mexico. 

Known for its scenic beauty and great fishing, Navajo Lake is somewhat of a hidden gem. It was formed by the damming of the San Juan River and straddles northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. It’s a massive reservoir next to the amazing Navajo Lake State Park, and at 15,000 surface acres, the second largest lake in the state. In other parts of the country the area would be packed with boaters, hikers and campers, but this calm lake is often lightly populated, quiet and serene.

What to Do

Navajo Lake is the perfect spot for those who like to explore. It features with miles of hiking and mountain bike trails, seven campgrounds, two marinas, beach camping sites, plenty of boat ramps and docks, miles of undeveloped shoreline, and wide-open spaces to get your Crownline up to speed.

Where to Dock

The recently renovated Navajo Lake Marina offers boat rentals and sales, dock access, slip rentals, fishing guides, and a store and restaurant. Sims Marina has slip and boat rentals, dry storage, fishing guides, and a well-stocked store. Both marinas are popular and affordable.

What to Eat

A great restaurant for a meal with a view is Brue Cafe on the patio at Navajo Lake Marina. It’s a tasty spot to grab some food and drinks and chat with old friends or make some new ones. We recommend the Navajo Tacos and Navajo Frybread.

Where to Stay

If you’re staying overnight, consider beach camping. It’s a wonderful way to relax and get close to nature as you fall asleep to the sounds of the lake. You can also sleep on your boat in some sections of the lake. Contact the state park for more information. If you’re looking for a room, we suggest the Rainbow Lodge just a couple of miles away. It’s a no-frills lodge that offers guided fishing packages that include a cozy room and excellent meals.

Navajo Lake is a tranquil paradise for those who love to explore the outdoors. If you’re itching for a weekend getaway, consider hitching up the Crownline and heading out for a memorable Southwest adventure.