Who doesn’t love spending time on the water? Well, you must try sailing in Southwest Colorado at Colorado’s Navajo State Park, which is a huge reservoir (about 15,000 surface acres of clean, fresh water) located about 40 scenic miles south of Durango. The staff at Gateway Reservations had an amazing afternoon sailing on Lake Navajo and enjoying a sunset cruise, thanks to Scott and Katie, owners at Peaks and Tides. We were able to sail the afternoon winds, learn the basics of sailing, relax, laugh, eat, drink, and take in the beautiful fresh air and views. I truly don’t remember the last time I smiled so much. It was really, really fun!
The boat had a small grill, so we brought our own brats and drinks and packed a bag with sunscreen, sunglasses, a towel, and a raincoat (just in case). Make what you want out of this cruise. Be prepared to help handle the boat by steering and lending a hand when needed. Learn the basics of sailing. Enjoy connecting and sharing this beautiful, serene environment with your family and friends with no computers and cell phones (although I think ours may have worked there.) Scott and Katie were great instructors – calm and patient – and had me wishing I owned a sailboat.
If you are looking for a fun activity to add to your Durango itinerary, consider a sailing charter or lessons on Lake Navajo. I plan on taking my family sailing in Southwest Colorado next time they visit. I know they will love it!