Lake Navajo is just south of Durango, stretching between Colorado and New Mexico. Local divers explore Navajo year round, primarily to look for "stuff" like fishing poles, sunglasses, anchors, etc. Divers have found several boat wrecks including an intact 30 ft cabin cruiser. Divers can expect temperatures to range from near freezing in the winter to the mid-60's in the summer. Visibility varies greatly and can be from near zero to 20 feet. Local divers are currently searching for the "Mystery Wreck", a 40 ft metal-hulled boat that was donated to the Boy Scouts and sank on its first voyage in the 1960's.
McPhee Reservoir, the largest in the San Juan National Forest and second largest in Colorado, has 50 miles of shoreline in piñon, juniper, and sagebrush country. A large parking lot is next to a
6-lane concrete boat ramp that offers motorized-boating access, with restricted areas in wakeless zones. Courtesy docks are available seasonally, based on voluntary donations. A fish-cleaning station
is near the boat ramp and restrooms. Adjacent to the boat ramp is a trail up to a scenic overlook with 360-degree views and intepretive signs. The trail continues to the tent-camping area of McPhee
On the south side of the reservoir, Big Bend Access Point has fishing and an unsurfaced boat launch from Highway 184. The Dolores Access Site has fishing and barrier-free access from the highway. On the north side, you can fish at Sage Hen and Dry Canyon, where there are toilets and parking. Camping is not allowed in any of these areas.
Clear Lake, off the South Mineral Creek Drainage makes an excellent day trip from Silverton or Durango. Why Go to Clear Lake? Clear Lake is a (mostly) pristine high Alpine Environment which is easy to get to by car or foot. Wildflowers in Summer promise to be awesome.
Tips - Get out and walk. The trip is nice if you have a small child or other mobility challenged person in your party. Set your odometer and subtract from four to get your desired hiking distance. Bring all seasons of clothing. There was fresh snow there for our Trip on June 14. The wind can really blow up there too. So prepare.
Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, has been visited by mammoths, native Indians, Spanish conquistadors and even famous outlaws. This deep well of clear, artesian water now hosts thousands of wet-suit-clad divers each year. Also known as "Nature's Jewel," it's a favorite site for dive training because of its consistent year-round water temperature and good visibility. Besides drawing divers from all across New Mexico, the spring attracts migrations of divers from Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
Lake Powell is a reservoir on the Colorado River, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona (most of it, along with Rainbow Bridge, is in Utah). It is the second largest man-made reservoir in maximum water capacity in the United States behind Lake Mead, storing 24,322,000 acre feet (3.0001×1010 m3) of water when full. Current water levels, however, put Lake Powell ahead of Lake Mead in water volume and surface area. Lake Powell was created by the flooding of Glen Canyon by the controversial Glen Canyon Dam, which also led to the creation of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, a popular summer destination.
The Homestead Crater located in Midway, Utah. This is a charming country resort built around a warm freshwater spring dubbed "The Crater". Formed over the last 10,000 years as Wasatch Mountains snowmelt is heated by igneous rock two miles below the surface, the crater is the only warm and clear dive site in the continental United States. With a depth of 60 feet and visibility typically in the range of 25 feet, the Crater is the most enjoyable training dive site in the area. Where else can you ski Wasatch powder all day then dive in a 90 degree spring before dinner?
Sheltered in a secluded mountain valley 8,000 feet above sea level, Vallecito Lake is one of the largest and most beautiful bodies of water in Colorado. Vallecito, Spanish for "Little Valley", and ancestral home to many of Colorado's Ute Indians, became the name of the sparkling waters of the lake it surrounded. Located in the Southwestern part of the state just 18 miles from Durango, Vallecito provides a perfect base for enjoying the Four Corners area and its many wonders.