Navajo State Park is a state park of Colorado, USA, located in the San Juan Mountains. The park was founded as a result of cooperative efforts among many agencies to conserve land near Lake Pueblo. It opened on September 3, 2016 and has since served over 1 million visitors.
The park’s name honors the Navajo people who lived in the region before European settlement. The park preserves an area of high desert surrounded by red sandstone cliffs that are home to wildlife including bighorn sheep, mule deer, black bears, mountain lions, bobcats, and wolves. Wildlife within the park includes plants and animals native to the American Southwest.
Visitors can explore more than 100 archaeological sites from four different time periods between 500 BC and AD 1300. There are 7,000 acres (2,800ha) of developed trails open to hiking or biking with access to additional acreage available for camping, picnicking, or limited backcountry skiing. A visitor center features exhibits about the history and culture of the Ancestral Puebloan peoples who settled in the Four Corners area some 550 years ago.
The park also offers modern facilities including campsites, picnic areas, cabins, swimming beach, equestrian staging area, and rental-car facility. In 2017, Navajo State Park topped one million visitors for the first time ever. This article related to a protected area in Colorado is a stub.