This short 65 mile loop drive will take you on a pleasant drive to Navajo Lake and along the San Juan River. The trip can be done in a single day unless one decides to recreate on Navajo Lake or over-night at one of the many lodging facilities or camp grounds.

Navajo Lake Community, NM


Located at the junction of NM 173 (Navajo Dam Rd) and NM 511 is Navajo Lake Community. Here one can find several lodging facilities, restaurants, and fly fishing guides.

Lodging
• Abe's Motel
• Fisheads San Juan River Lodge
• Las Verandas Lodge de San Juan
• Octagon Inn
• Rainbow Lodge
• San Juan Quality Water Inn
• San Juan River Haven

Restaurants
• Abe's Restaurant
• Back Cast Café
• The Sportsman Bar & Grill

Fishing Guides
• Blue Sky Fly Fishing Co
• Float 'n Fish
• T's Private Fly Fishing



Navajo Lake, NM


Completed in 1963 after a six-year construction on the San Juan River, the earth and rock-filled dam is nearly 0.75-miles long and 400 feet high. It is the central amenity of Navajo Lake State Park and has a world class reputation for outdoor adventure and fishing. Covering 14,500 acres and the second largest lake in New Mexico, Navajo Lake is ideal for a day of fishing, swimming, scuba-diving, water-skiing, wildlife viewing, and hiking or for a week of camping and boating. The Navajo Lake State Park is a full service park with a Visitor Center, several campground sites and group shelters, showers, electric hookup, restrooms, RV Camping and dumping stations, trails, fishing, boating ramps and a marina.
Navajo Lake State Park
36 Road 4110 Unit 1
Navajo Dam, NM 87419
(505) 632-2278
➠ www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/navajolakestatepark.html
Navajo Lake

Central to the Park is the Navajo Marina and Brue Café where one can purchase items for their adventure on the lake, rent equipment or boats, or grab a bite to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Navajo Lake Marina
1448 NM 511 NBU #6
Navajo Dam, NM 87419
(505) 632-3245
➠ www.navajomarina.com
Navajo Lake Marina
Navajo Lake Marina
Photos by EMKotyk



Turley, NM

After a morning of recreation and fun, head south on NM 511 to the community of Turley. It is here where one can find some pleasant sips and crafts.


A local favorite, the Wines of the San Juan offer a great environment for relaxing and wine tasting. Periodically, they also have festivals and special events.
Wines of the San Juan
233 NM-511
Blanco, NM 87412
(505) 632-0879
➠ www.winesofthesanjuan.com
Wines of the San Juan
Photos by EMKotyk


For more adventure, visit Majestic Enchantment. This place encompasses a 1/2 mile along the San Juan River and provides the avid fly fisherman ample places to wade and fly fish. Also on the premise is their Southwestern Art Gallery specializing in Native arts and crafts and also an 18-hole disc golf course. Open 7 days a week, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, just call in advance.
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  • Majestic Enchantment
    221 Hwy 511
    Turley, NM 87412
    (505) 801-9163
    ➠ www.majesticenchantment.com
    Majestic Enchantment
    Majestic Enchantment
    Photos by EMKotyk


    Immediately down the road, is Lavender of the San Juan. This place grows their own lavender and produce numerous products with their locally grown lavender. On Mondays they offer a tour of their processing facility.
    Lavender on the San Juan River
    181 NM-511
    Blanco, NM 87412
    (505) 793-9787
    Lavender On The San Juan River
    Lavender On The San Juan River
    Photos by EMKotyk


    Located next door to Lavender of the San Juan River is Willow Wicks. This place has a collection of assorted soy and paraffin candles, diffuser oils, body products, lotions and more. Open by chance or call.
    Willow Wicks
    8 Road 4410
    Turley NM 87412
    (505) 632-7649
    (505) 320-0184
    ➠ willowwicks.com
    Willow Wicks
    Willow Wicks
    Photos by EMKotyk



    CR 4559 / 4556, NM

    On your return trip to Aztec, detour onto County Road 4559 and head a few miles north to Rio Suave Vineyard off of CR 4556.


    The newest winery in Northern New Mexico, enjoy an afternoon along the San Juan River sipping wines locally grown in this family operated vineyard. They are open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from noon until 6:00 pm.
    Rio Suave Vineyard
    66 Rd 4556
    Blanco, Nm 87412
    (505) 860-0572
    Rio Suave Vineyard