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Vallecito Lake

Vallecito (15 miles north of Durango), CO 81122
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The tree carvings are awesome.

It's a fairly quick drive from Durango, but the tree carvings posted around the lake tell an... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Richard V
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Houston
Mayers' vacay

Visited both Lemon and Vellecito Lakes. Vellecito was absolutely beautiful. Gorgeous view...would... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Todd M
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Vallecito (15 miles north of Durango), CO 81122

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a fairly quick drive from Durango, but the tree carvings posted around the lake tell an interesting story about a devastating fire. The lake and the surrounding area is beautiful.

1  Thank Richard V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited both Lemon and Vellecito Lakes. Vellecito was absolutely beautiful. Gorgeous view...would build a cabin if I won the lottery! First time there, heard from the locals that the water was up! Apparently, there was a fire in 2002, destroyed a lot of the forest...More

Thank Todd M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent three days in a cabin here. The lake is close to Durango but feels very rural. Yes, there are home all along the lake but the are also many open areas. It was great to just sit on the deck of our cabin...More

Thank Sharon K
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

This is an artificial lake and you can tell. That said, nice for an artificial lake. The road around the reservoir is only available during the warmer months, so one has to double back during the winter.

Thank Miotoni
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Drove around the reservoir, where there were some really nice views. The problem was they were either private property or fee based areas. It wasn't until we got to the dam that we realized there was a free area. Covered in goose droppings. It is...More

1  Thank cweems4
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Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

This is a great camping area, especially for tents and fishing. Reservations are needed for popular times of the year. We made a reservation on line and our site was marked reserved with our last name. Close to bathrooms and sits on a beautiful stream....More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Easy beautiful drive from Durango. The lake is beautiful with lots of campsites and RV spaces. has a General store. We road bikes on the NE corner of the lake, some paved and some crushed rock, we have hybrid bikes and like level, some small...More

Thank sl0t
Reviewed 7 July 2016

Traveled to both Lemon & Vallecito Lakes our 1st day in Durango to escape some mid June high temps. Drove around the perimeter of Vallecito and on to Lemon. Imagine for the locals even with the Animas River running right through town there's a time...More

Thank buckdog1
Reviewed 23 June 2016

We had made reservations months in advance for this campground - Lake Vallecitio Camp Ground - Durango area. There were no reviews that I could find but under the Forest Service it stated that it is a very popular camping area with 80 sites. We...More

4  Thank EvBeE
Reviewed 28 November 2015

We traveled to Lemon Lake and then to Vallecito Lake . The lakes are stunning , the water was smooth as glass and the reflection of the trees and mountains was gorgeous to see . We followed the Trail of Carvings, 15 tree carvings done...More

1  Thank dodi534
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Brad C
What is the condition of the road from Durango to the lake?
10 September 2016|
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Response from buckdog1 | Reviewed this property |
Paved all the way to both Vallecito & Lemon lakes. Somewhat rough ride if you want to drive the perimeter of Vallecito Lake, which has some great views and doesn't take too long.
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April C
Is vallecito lake man made?
24 April 2016|
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Response from cweems4 |
Yes.
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