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Fishing, flowers and music at Navajo State Park

Whether you are looking for boating, fishing, camping, hiking, birding or just relaxing, you don’t have to leave Archuleta County for a fun-filled Memorial Day weekend if you make Navajo State Park your destination.

The water in the lake is 52 degrees and warming up every day. Reports are that the pike are hitting spinners, jerk baits and crank baits in the San Juan and Pine River arms. Crappie are being caught in shallow water around the marina and catfish are biting on cut baits and dough baits.

Perhaps it’s because we had such a long white winter and we have color-starved eyes. Or, perhaps it’s because we had so much moisture in March and April, but whatever the case, it seems like the paintbrushes are more radiant, the phlox more dazzling and the lupine more abundant than in previous years. As Memorial Day weekend approaches, the flowers and birds at Navajo State Park are flaunting a plethora of colors and sounds.

In addition to Navajo State Park’s natural world, other special programs are planned for the holiday weekend. For 10 years, local favorites David Snyder and Sharman Alto have entertained visitors at the park, and on Saturday, May 29, they will once again share their eclectic music and array of musical instruments with everyone at the park amphitheater beginning at 7 p.m. On Sunday, May 30, another longtime park favorite, Charles Martinez, will soothe your soul with his Native American flute, beginning at 8 p.m. at the amphitheater. There will be “Kids Krafts” on Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at the visitor center, and plant and bird walks can be scheduled at the visitor center throughout the three-day weekend.

All holiday events within the park are free with Colorado State Parks passes. Call 883-2208 for more information.