Vallecito Lake

Vallecito Lake is a beautiful, secluded mountain valley just 18 miles from Durango. It is one of the largest and most beautiful bodies of water in Colorado. The lake has about 12 miles of shoreline and sits right in the middle of the San Juan National Forest.

Staying in Durango but want to visit the lake? Try a day trip out to Vallecito Lake to check it out! You might want to spend the day on the lake or just exploring what Vallecito has to offer. It’s been said that Vallecito Lake is one of Durango’s best kept secrets; be sure you’re not left out!


Vallecito Lake area is a perfect Durango getaway for summer fishing vacations, fall fly fishing…even winter ice fishing. This is the best location for a fishing trip. Durango to catch a record-breaking Rainbow, German Brown or Cutthroat Trout. Visitors also catch Northern Pike and Kokanee Salmon.

While visiting southwest Colorado you can enjoy a beautiful vacation right here at the lake. There are plenty of lodging Camping in Durangooptions from cabins and vacation homes to campgrounds, RV parks and guest ranches. There are plenty of wonderful restaurants and fun things to do from boating to horseback riding. Try taking some picturesque hikes through the mountains or relax by fishing for trout or salmon in the lake.

Staying in Durango but want to visit the lake? Try a day trip out to Vallecito Lake to check it out! You might want to spend the day on the lake or just exploring what Vallecito has to offer. It’s been said that the lake is one of Durango’s best kept secrets; be sure you’re not left out!

Back in 2002, a fire destroyed a large area. Today, new growth is evident. A very unique homage can be viewed. There are several unique carvings of damaged trees near the lake. As you drive around, you will see the tree carvings which were done by artist Chad Haspels. Chad’s unique carvings commemorate the firefighters, EMTs, personnel, and citizens who fought to save lives and homes during the fire of 2002.

The wilderness surrounding Durango is vast, supporting a large population of wild game like elk and mule deer as well Hunting in Durango, Coloradoas elusive quarry such as bear and mountain lion. Durango and the Vallecito Lake region offers an array of outfitters ready to equip hunters for what many call the best elk hunting in the Western states. Your options include hunting public lands like the national forest or finding a customized experience at a game ranch. Find out more about Durango’s hunting experiences!

The region is perfect for all kinds of outdoor adventures. Horseback riding in Durango has become a very popular outdoor activity. Certain resorts in the lake region offer plenty of horseback riding options from one hour rides to entire day trips. Find out about Durango horseback riding!

Vallecito Lake boasts a new community center located at the northwest end of Vallecito Lake. Located at 17252 County Road 501, this facility is one of the newest and most modern event venues in the Four Corners region. It is one of very few locations on the shore of this beautiful lake. It is the perfect place for your wedding or most any type of gathering. Consider a business retreat or family reunion at Vallecito Lake. The location and views are stunning–the perfect retreat that might just become the highlight to your Durango experience.

Where to Stay

Pine River Lodge offers a large variety of Mountain Vacation Cabins sleeping 2 to 11 guests with views Pine River Lodgeof Vallecito Lake. Some cabins are lakeshore, others have lake views and many have wood fireplaces. Each individual cabin has a full kitchen, AC, BBQ grill, fire pit, patio furniture, basic satellite TV & VCR. WiFi, guest computer & printer are located in the office. Enjoy our heated indoor pool, huge old fashioned playground/picnic area, game room with ping pong table, pool table and piano and the most beautiful moon shimmering over the lake with a multitude of stars overhead. Vallecito also offers fishing, marinas, horseback riding, restaurants and unlimited hiking. Fall deer and elk hunting too.

Vallecito Lake Lodging is a real Vacation Destination – right in “the Heart of Durango Lake Country”. Choose an affordable private Vacation Home located near a lake, on a stream or with a fabulous view. Maybe you’ll want a fully equipped Vacation Cabin nestled among the pines and aspens. Whichever type of lodging you prefer, you’ll find the perfect vacation accommodations at Vallecito Lake.