Vallecito Lake

Vallecito Lake DurangoVallecito Lake is considered to be one of Colorado’s most beautiful bodies of water and is a great destination to include in your adventure to Durango or Mesa Verde.  Vallecito is a Spanish word that means ‘Little Valley’ and it is nestled at 8,000 feet above sea level, surrounded by the lush San Juan National Forest.
 
 

A REAL VACATION DESTINATION
Spend your off time away from the heat and bustle of downtown. Rent an affordable private Vacation Home or Vacation Cabin, Many located near a lake, on a stream or with a fabulous view. All are just minutes from downtown. 
Three lodging businesses have joined efforts to assist you in finding just the right accommodations in a vacation home or cabin at the lake. www.vallecitolakelodging.org

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Durango-Colorado-Pine-River-Lodge-on-Lake-VallecitoPine River Lodge offers a large variety of Mountain Vacation Cabins sleeping 2 to 11 guests with views of Vallecito Lake. Some cabins are lakeshore, others have lake views and many have wood fireplaces. 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. www.pineriverlodge.com

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Activities at Vallecito Lake, CO:

Enjoy a plethora of outdoor and seasonal activities at Vallecito that will keep you entertained and having fun— adults and kids alike. Here are some recommended activities in the area…
Fun on the Water
From boating, kayaking and canoeing, to paddle boarding, there are many ways to get out on the water at Lake Vallecito, Colorado. Free public boat ramp access is available, but you will need boating permit issued by the lake recreation management agency. Permits are sold at many local businesses or at the agency’s office, Pine River Irrigation District (PRID). Contact them at 970-884-2558.
Vallecito Lake Fishing
Fishing is a year-round activity at Vallecito — Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall. The annual Ice Fishing Tournament is held every year during February with cash and prizes. And if you call yourself a fisherman, you should experience the salmon run, which occurs late fall, mid-November up until mid-December. 
 
Vallecito Reservoir is home to several large species of fish such as northern pike, brown and rainbow trout. Pike fishing is best from May 15 to June 15 while Browns are fished all year round.

View Colorado fishing regulations here http://wildlife.state.co.us/Fishing/Pages/Fishing.aspx.  Fishing licenses are required for any angler over the age of 16. Licenses can be purchased atvarious local businesses in Durango or online at  http://wildlife.state.co.us/ShopDOW/AppsAndLicenses/Pages/totallicensing.aspx.

 Hiking
Lake Vallecito has lots of great hiking trails in the area to give you the chance to clear your mind and commune with nature. There are 7 different trails to cover all skill levels of hiking difficulty with some half day hikes up to full day or several days to complete. Pick the one that best sets your pace, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the way. 
 
Hunting  
Hunting is allowed in the area corresponding with the appropriate hunting season — turkey, black bear, mule deer, and elk—provided that you have the right permit.Make sure to acquire the correct hunting license for the type of game you will be hunting for the appropriate season.  
Tour of Carvings
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.
 

Where to Stay

Pine River Lodge offers a large variety of Mountain Vacation Cabins sleeping 2 to 11 guests with views Pine River Lodge of Vallecito Lake. Some cabins are lake shore, 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.

Other Activities

Need more ways to enjoy your time? Vallecito Lake has many more activities you can participate in such as ATV rentals, skiing, camping, and horseback riding, so you and the family will be able to fill your time with what ever your heart desires. 
 
 

More on 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 Durango options 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.

The wilderness surrounding Durango is vast, supporting a large population of wild game like elk and mule deer as well Hunting in Durango, Colorado as 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.