Hours for operation for 2020
  • June 1st - June 30th: Open Daily from 8am-6pm.

*Hours of operation are subject to change and will be updated monthly on this website and at Lake Nighthorse.
You may also call the Lake Nighthorse entrance station at (970) 375-7335.

Exceptions to Operating Hours

30 minutes prior to daily closure, the entrance gate will be closed to access, and boat exit inspections as well as watercraft launches will cease.
Hours of operation may vary depending on inclement weather.

Park Entrance Passes

Gift cards are available any time during the year at the Durango Community Recreation Center and can be used to purchase Lake Nighthorse passes. Lake Nighthorse passes for the 2020 season will be available for purchase beginning January 1, 2020 at the Durango Recreation Center or online.

Day Passes
  • Walk/Bike: $3
  • Vehicle: $8
  • Commercial Vehicle: $20 (NEW!)
  • Purchase day passes at the Entrance Station during operating hours or online.
5-Punch Passes
  • Walk/Bike: $10
  • Vehicle: $30
  • Senior Vehicle: $25
  • Good for five daily entrances.
  • Non-refundable.
  • 5-Punch Passes are transferable.
  • Valid through Nov. 14 2020.
  • Available at the Durango Community Recreation Center or the Entrance Station at Lake Nighthorse
Season Passes
  • Walk/Bike: $20
  • Vehicle: $70
  • Additional Vehicles (same household): $35/ea
  • Senior Vehicle: $60
  • Additional Senior Vehicles (same household): $30/ea
  • Valid April 3 to Nov. 14, 2020.
  • Non-refundable.
  • Not transferable.
  • Available at the Durango Community Recreation Center or the Entrance Station at Lake Nighthorse
  • Print, fill out and bring: Lake Nighthorse Season Pass Form (PDF).
  • Season vehicle passes are windshield decals that must be affixed to the windshield of your vehicle to be vaild. Removing the decal or passing the decal between vehicles invalidates the pass.

*Senior is 62 years and over.

Access Rules

Vehicle passes require proof of a vehicle registration.

  • Annual vehicle passes must be attached to the windshield.
  • Decals may not be removed or passed between vehicles. Decals not attached to the window will be considered invalid.

Purchase Bike and Walk-In Passes at the Durango Community Recreation Center or the Entrance Station at Lake Nighthorse during hours of operation.

  • If purchasing this pass at the Durango Community Recreation Center, you will be issued an identification card to show upon entry at Lake Nighthorse.
  • If purchasing this pass at the Entrance Station at Lake Nighthorse, you will be entered into the City database and given a paper receipt for purchase. Your identification card can then be picked up at the Durango Community Recreation Center at your earliest convenience.