Parks, Trails, & Lake Nighthorse
If it is a playground, river trail, tennis court, open grass, basketball court, skate park or vollyeball court that you desire, there is a park in our system that will suit your needs. The mountains and landscape surrounding the town of Durango is well-known throughout the country for the excellent hiking and mountain biking trails. The Durango Parks & Recreation Department maintains over 3,000 acres of open space including Animas Mountain, Twin Buttes, Horse Gulch and Overend Mountain Park. The Department also maintains numerous trails and parks including the Animals River Trail, which is a continuous 7.5 mile hard surface path from the trail terminus adjacent to Dallabetta park to Animas City Park.
Lake Nighthorse opens on Friday, April 2 for non-motorized recreation
Lake Nighthorse Recreation Area will open for the 2021 season on Friday, April 2. The lake will be open for non-motorized recreation 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, April 2 through May 9. Daily operations will begin May 14, and motorized recreation begins May 15.
New amenities to the swim beach include an inflatable play structure (May through September), lifeguards and guard station, and a separate concrete paddle craft launch ramp. There also will be an expanded no wake zone connecting to west side. Spring pumping from the Animas River will bring the water level at the swim beach to meet the sand. View the recreation map of the lake here HERE.
To ensure the safety of the public and Lake Nighthorse staff during COVID-19, the City of Durango requests visitors maintain six feet social distance from others, wear a face covering, and bring a personal supply of hand sanitizer.
2021 Season and 5-Punch Passes may be purchased in person at the Recreation Center, or online prior to Lake Nighthorse opening for the season. Full details are listed below in the Entrance Passes tab.