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About Graham Creek Campground

Graham Creek Campground is situated above Vallecito Lake, in the scenic San Juan National Forest of southwestern Colorado. Visitors enjoy the area for its beautiful scenery and wide range of recreational activities, including boating, fishing and hiking.


Vallecito Lake is a very popular fishing destination, where anglers cast for German brown trout, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, kokanee salmon and northern pike.

The lake offers great boating, water skiing and canoeing opportunities. Boat rentals and fishing licenses are available at various locations around the lake.

A variety of hiking and horseback riding trails are found in the area. The North Canyon Trail begins across the road from the campground and leads through ponderosa pine and aspen forests on its way through the canyon. A shorter trail leads to a scenic overlook of the lake.

East Creek Trail begins a quarter-mile up Forest Road 852, just northeast of the campground. The trail provides access to a lightly used, scenic drainage where fly-fisherman cast for brook trout. Both trails are popular with horseback riders, however, horses are not allowed in the campground.


The campground offers single-family campsites, a few of which have lake views. Sites are each equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. The south side of the campground is adjacent to private property.

Natural Features

Vallecito Lake, Spanish for "little valley," sits at an elevation of 7,900 feet. Scattered ponderosa pine trees tower over the open campground, offering limited shade. Hillside sites are about 100 yards from the high-water line and offer nice lake views.

A thick understory provides privacy between sites. Thickets of willow separate the camping area from the lakeshore. Several short trails lead to the lake from the campground. High peaks of the San Juans are visible to the northwest of the campground.

ADA Access: N

National Forest
Drive In
Boat In
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Firewood Available
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Graham Creek Campground is located in Colorado
37.3903 N
-107.54 W
Get Directions
From Bayfield, travel 14 miles north on County Road 501. Turn right on Forest Road 603; travel over the dam and continue just over 3 miles to the campground.
4 Reviews of Graham Creek Campground
Perfect little get away

Great campground! This is an RV friendly campground. So if you have a traditional tent, I would reccomend the sites near the camp host. Camp hosts were super friendly! We were in site 19. Deer would cross our campsite every night at dusk. Don’t miss the turn! The road gets really sketchy after graham creek and north canyon campgrounds. So turn left when you see the sign


This is a very pretty campground. If you take the long way around the resivour the way google will take you, the road does become a little difficult and is dirt but our altima made it through. Do not go the long way through the other campground, follow the directions on the offical page and take the short way around the lake!

Phone signical was suprisingly okay with Verizon and Sprint.

Visited in June.

Camp and fish

Nice campground. Vault toilets, water, picnic tables, fire rings. Great if you want to camp and then fish the lake. We just angled from the shore. We should have brought a canoe or kayak. Some “civilization” on the other side of the lake. We went the week before Labor Day. Basically had the camp to ourselves.

Some raccoons did attempt to steal our car… or they were after the marshmallows in the backseat.

First to Review
Best camping view yet!

This campground is by far the most beautiful "in your backyard" view yet! Our site was in the woods over looking a small prairie and large lake. On the opposite side of the lake there were several mountains which made my morning breakfast amazing. We saw several deer at night run through the prairie. The campground is primitive with no flushing toilets or showers. There are water pumps and vault toilets throughout the campground. This place is hard to find from the main highway to Durango and our car GPS didn't know where to go. Luckily we printing off directions so it was all good. If you aren't fishing or kayaking, which we didn't do, there isn't really a whole lot to do at this campground. There is a trail which seemed nice but other than that it was pretty much just an overnight stop on our road trip. I suggest bringing a canoe/kayak to take out on the lake! Overall, amazing views and nice manager!