Vallecito Campground is a very popular site and one of the largest within the San Juan National Forest. It sits on Vallecito Creek, adjacent to the Weminuche Wilderness. Visitors enjoy the area for its trail and fishing opportunities, which are part of a very scenic, natural setting.
Vallecito Creek offers fishing for rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout. Anglers must use artificial flies and lures due to the creek's location within the wilderness area.
The Vallecito Creek Trail begins at the campground entrance. This popular trail is open to hiking and horseback riding only and is a main access point to the Weminuche Wilderness.
Parking is available at the trailhead. Hitching racks and a horse staging area with a loading ramp for livestock is on-site, but no overnight horse camping is allowed.
The campground offers 80 single-family sites, a few of which have electric hookups. Sites are equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided.
Day-use picnic sites are located along the creek at the campground entrance and are available for a fee.
Vallecito, which is Spanish for "little valley," sits at an elevation of 8,000 feet, high in the beautiful San Juan Mountains. A forest of ponderosa pine, aspen and gambel oak trees covers the campground. Most sites are large and fairly level.
Vallecito Lake is located four miles from the campground and offers boating, water skiing, fishing and hiking opportunities, as well as beautiful scenery.
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Spent 3 nights, 4 days camping at this nice campground. Best pit vault bathrooms of the summer. Camp hosts are super nice and really care about you. This area is such a beautiful area. One of the most beautiful in Colorado and that's saying a lot. Our site was big and it was right by Vallecito Creek. Big drought conditions going on this year so the reservoir was pretty low. The campground is about 1 or so away from the lake. Lots of fishing, boating and paddle boarding going on plus it was hot (low 90s) so the lake is great to swim in. Durango is about 30-40 mins away. We hiked up Vallecito Creek Trail. It's about medium hike but we turned around about 1.5 miles in because our 8 year old wasn't having it that day. We've hiked it before and wished we would have made it to the first bridge which is about 3 miles in but we had fun. The hike is straight up for the first mile. Bring some good bug spray because there were plenty of mosquitos and flies. The flies were biting on the 3rd day so it was annoying but once we lathered up, they weren't such a problem. If you're looking for a full fledge vacation, check out Durango and stay a few nights at Vallecito!
Our family made wonderful memories camping by the river, gorgeous campsites that were clean and hiking trails that are breathtaking.
We had a great time here. Site was well maintained and the views were breath taking